The Super Eagles opened camp for the game between Nigeria and Namibia on Sunday, May 27, 2012 after they returned from Lima in Peru from the international friendly match against Peru.
First of the A- list players to join the team was Victor Moses who caught up with his mates in Lagos on Saturday night.
Enyeama Steps Up As Eagles Skipper
On Monday, head coach, Stephen Keshi, wasted no time in doint the expected, naming Vincent Enyeama, as the skipper for the duel against the Southern Africans.
It was a no-brainer, bearing in mind that Enyeama is assistant captain of the team behind Joseph Yobo.
Enyeama is expected to continue in that role until substantive captain, Joseph Yobo recovers from his injuries.
At the morning training session which commenced at about 7:30 inside the University of Calabar mini stadium, Keshi, simply addressed Enyeama as captain and all and sundry concurred.
The training, which was conducted under the scorching early morning sun had 22 players in training, with only one of them, Papa Idris, not fully involved in action as he was still recovering from past knocks.
He was however able to jog and run around gracefully under the supervision if Physiotherapist, Olawale Oladejo.
Near full house train
The foreign based professionals who trained on Monday are Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Ikechukwu Uche, Efe Ambrose, Fengor Ogude, Elderson Echejile, Gege Soriola, Ekigho Ehiosun, Ahmed Musa and Vincent Enyeama.
They were joined by the 12 home-based stars unveiled at the weekend and led by Warri Wolves goalie, Chigozie Agbim.
Later in the afternoon, Montpellier attacker, John Utaka and Israeli based goalie, Austin Ejide joined camp to help shore up the camp of the national team.
Keshi Seeks Aggressive Goalscorers
Keshi has also unveiled an ambitious programme aimed at ensuring that the national team, scores plenty goals not only against Namibia, but against any foe in the qualifiers for the Nations Cup 2012 and the World Cup 2014.
For Keshi, no matter how pretty a team plays, goal scoring abilities remain the ultimate decider of matches hence his advice to Eagles strikers not only to be aggressive in front of goal but to ensure that they are 70 per cent on target at all times.
“In our time, matches against teams like Namibia were not discussed in terms of whether we will win but how many goals we will score and that is what I want us to return to in the new Super Eagles”, he told the players on Monday morning.
His training was also targeted at getting goals, as he said the Namibians, who have been training in Germany for the qualifier must not be underrated.
“They say we are the super power and Namibians are minnows, those are only words, and until we show it on the pitch we will just be living in a fool’s paradise”.
The Super Eagles train twice daily at 7:30 am and 3:30 pm inside the UNICAl Sports Ground.
That will continue until the team moves to the UJ Esuene Stadium on Thursday, to perfect strategies against Namibia.