MOSES, IK UCHE, ALUKO, ENYEAMA IN FOR NAMIBIA
Posted: May 28, 2012
Wigan Athletics’ Victor Moses was the first foreign-based player to hit the Super Eagles camp ahead of the busy schedule of qualifiers for the Nations Cup and World Cup 2014.
Moses breezed into the team’s temporary abode at Excel Oriental in Lagos, on time for the team’s departure for Calabar, where it will prosecute its home games against Namibia and Rwanda.
Also in Calabar at the team's Metropolitan Hotel nest are Norway based midfielder,Fengor Ogude,Rangers of Scotland's Sone Aluko,Israel-based Efe Ambrose,Elderson Echiejile of Braga FC in Portugal,Granada of Spain forward,Ikedcukwu Uche and Lille of France goalie,Vincent Enyeama.
Also in town is Israel based goalkeeper, Austine Ejide.
Ejide who plays his club football with Hapoel Petah Kivah of Israel arrived Lagos from London on Sunday and spent the night in Lagos.
The former Bastia of France goal tender was Osaze Odemwingie's best man during the West Brom Albion striker's white wedding on Saturday.
After the wedding, Ejide boarded a flight to Lagos and will join up with his national team-mates in Calabar aboard an Aero Airline this morning.
Also expected in Calabar this morning is John Utaka who has been recalled to the national team.
In the meantime, Eagles boss Keshi has dropped five players from the Nigeria Premier League for the matches.
The affected players were Ugonna Uzochukwu of Rangers, Enyimba’s Gbolahan Salami, Ossai Uche of Warri Wolves, Heartland’s first choice in goal, Dan Akpeyi and his counterpart from Sharks, Okemuteh Odah.
“If I have my way all of us will be in camp, but we have reached a crucial bend and only the best of the best will be needed, that does not mean you are not good enough, and that is why I can assure that sooner than later we will again call on you,” said Keshi.
“Go and ensure that you always play regularly for your club and very well too, because that will form the basis of your recall.”
Twelve home-based stars will be joined by Ekigho Ehiosun to compliment the 14 players earlier announced to now bring the number of players that will be in the Calabar camp of the team to 27.
The 12 NPL stars for Calabar were Chigozie Agbim, Azubuike Egwueke, Sunday Mba, Ejike Uzoenyi, Juwon Oshaniwa, Izu Azuka, Godfrey Oboabona, Henry Uche, Kalu Uche, Papa Idris, Gabriel Reuben and Obinna Nwachukwu.
The Super Eagles Sunday afternoon departed for Calabar to begin preparations for their first qualifier on June 3 against the Brave Warriors of Namibia.
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