Not less than 17 players have arrived the Super Eagles Calabar camp on Tuesday for the AFCON qualifiers against Congo at the U.J. Esuene stadium.
However, Ben Alaiya, Eagles Media Officer, disclosed that more players were being expected before training in the evening after only nine players trained in the morning session.
Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Juwon Oshaniwa, Sone Aluko, John Mikel Obi and stand-in Captain, Austin Ejide all arrived on time to have lunch with the rest of the team.
Alaiya said Mikel’s entrance was particularly hilarious as he came in with hand gloves and asked Coach Stephen Keshi if he will need some with the fear of the Ebola disease in mind.
Keshi says he expects the best from the players on Saturday in the game against Congo. The national team Head Coach also said he decided to replace Vincent Enyeama, who is absent for personal reasons with David Obiazor, Elkanemi of Maiduguri first choice keeper.
“We have been monitoring the Nigerian league and we see that the keeper of Elkanemi is a talent that is why we want to give him a trial. We will see how it turns out when he arrives camp,” Keshi said.
Meanwhile Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River has stated his belief that the Super Eagles will come out tops against Congo in spite of the short time the team had to prepare for the Morocco 2015 Nations Cup qualifier in Calabar.