–Eagles camp opens this morning, team off to S/Africa Thursday
By Bamidele Boluwaji:
Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu has reacted to West Brom striker Brown Ideye’s recent injury saying it is painful seeing the Nigeria international injured at the time he would have proved his worth in the senior national team after being out of the setting for over a year now.
Ideye who was heavily criticised for not living up to his £10 million transfer fee in the early part of the season was among the 28 players invited by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF for the two international friendly matches against Uganda and South Africa.
In his reaction, Shorunmu said the in-form striker will be missed in the two matches.
“For quite some time, Ideye has not played for the senior national team and now that he is doing well for his club, this would have been an opportunity for him to play himself back to the team, unfortunately the news of his injury came in. We will definitely miss him but I will like to wish him speedy recovery”, says the Super Eagles assistant coach .
Also reacting to the West Brom striker’s injury was the Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye who told Complete Sports that the FA was not happy that the striker will not be available for the two matches.
“This would have been an opportunity for Ideye to play for Nigeria again after a long while but with this injury, that will not happen. We will miss him but we are hopeful that he will be available for the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers in June because we have two matches to play in the month”, says Ibitoye.
Meanwhile, Ibitoye has told Complete Sports that the FA will be fully briefed about the striker’s injury by West Brom officials today or Tuesday.
He also informed that the Super Eagles are expected to start arriving camp today ahead of the Wednesday’s match against Uganda while they travel to South Africa on Thursday or Friday for the second international friendly match scheduled for March 29.