EAGLES REGROUP FOR 2013 AFCON WAR IN LIBERIA
Posted: Aug 21, 2012
The Super Eagles returned to camp on Monday for next month's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia in Monrovia with home-based team skipper, Chigozie Agbim, the first to arrive camp.
Obviously, leading by example, Agbim strolled into camp unnoticed at about 1pm and was received by Team Coordinator, Emmanuel Atta, who quickly sorted out his accommodation arrangement that was supposed to be non-existent after only two days off the Bolton White Apartment abode of the team.
After Agbim, came Kano Pillars striker, Sani Sanusi who came about an hour after Agbim, and the duo were followed by a deluge of players from all the clubs, with Sunshine Stars and Kano Pillars with four players each still topping the list of clubs with the highest number of invited players.
And following several queries about the psychological readiness of the team, despite the huge pep-talk that Head Coach Stephen Keshi delivers daily, Team Psychologist, Dr Robinson Okosun, says there is no cause for alarm as the team is in the best frame of mind for the game against Liberia.
“We have players who are exposed and have been in constant touch with my office. Luckily for me I also have a Head Coach who doubles as a super psychologist and motivator to the players, which has made my job easier. I don’t think there should be any fears about the state of mind of our players whether foreign or local based because what we are going for now is to qualify for the Nations Cup and the World Cup and do very well at both tournaments”, he declared.
Meanwhile Eagles boss, Keshi is pleading that he should be given peace of mind to do the job entrusted to him following reports that the Sports Minister,Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi wants to monitor every activity of the team.
Keshi, who has midwifed a near perfect blend between home based players and their foreign counterparts since he took over the national team job says he would rather not comment on the interest of top sports officials at all levels in the national team, since every Nigerian has a right to ask and make input into the team.
“But what I will plead and ask for is to be left alone to concentrate on my job as the national coach. I will take advice from every well-meaning Nigerian, but I will not take insults and distractions”, he declared.
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