By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Super Eagles' overseas-based players after sweating out for over two hours in their first training in Abuja admitted that the hot weather will be an impediment which they must overcome to get a win against Egypt on Friday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
Speaking with Completesportnigeria after the training, Watford FC of England striker Odion Ighalo said that the weather is harsh but that will not stop them from overcoming whatever resistance the Egyptians will offer, adding that they would all adjust to the hot weather after two days and go ahead to achieve victory.
"The weather is very unfriendly to some of us coming from the cold regions of Europe but we are Nigerians and I was born and bred here, so I know we can adapt to our new environment fast enough to get the result we want. It is not a tea party we know but we are going to give it our best shot," the Watford top scorer told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"I cannot promise that I will score goals on that day but I won't shy away from it if it comes. What matters is the win and it does not really matter who scores so long as we get the three points at stake here and go for the game of our lives in the return leg next week Tuesday in Alexandria. The cold weather there will be to our advantage so we are not worried."
In his reaction to the weather, Mikel Obi admitted it was very harsh but that should not be an excuse to deliveron Friday, adding: " Knowing what is at stake, we are condemned to adapt to the weather fast and be able to give our best and achieve our goal of winning the maximum points by whatever number of goal.
"As you just witnessed, the intensity of our training shows clearly that we are all raring to go and that the weather will not be an impediment on Friday. We are going to brave the weather and get the victory that all Nigerians are craving. The Egyptians will feel the weather most so we have no reason to complain."
Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme also described the weather as being too hot but added that as professional footballers the would play under whatever condition to get results, stressing that snow and rain are also weather conditions nobody likes to play under but that they play under conditions such every year.
"We do not have to complain because it is our home and we should make maximum use of the advantage it offers us. We will ignore the weather and give the game our best shot and see how it goes. We should not see the weather as a problem but as a plus because the Egyptians will be worse for it considering where they are coming from," the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC of England safe hands told Completesportsnigeria.com.
On his part, Ambrose Efe said the weather cannot stop the Super Eagles from picking the three points in Kaduna and beating them in their cold weather in Alexandria, adding that Nigerians can adapt to any weather condition in the world and get a result.
"Egypt will be worse for it under this weather and there cold weather will not affect us in the return leg because most of us play in cold regions of Europe. We don't want to use weather as an excuse because we want to win and by the grace of God, we shall get the win," the Celtic FC of Scotland star added.