On Friday in Abidjan, the Super Eagles’ media officer, Babafemi Raji, assured that all players were in good shape and prepared for their Round of 16 clash against Cameroon. The match, a crucial fixture in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, is scheduled for today at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan at 9 pm Nigerian time.
The Super Eagles’ training at the Police Nationale Ecole de Police D’Abidjan saw all 25 players participating. The session included light workouts, with the first 30 minutes being open to both journalists and the public.
Raji, speaking to NAN during the training, emphasized that there were no injury concerns, and all players were ready and available for selection. He conveyed the team’s determination for an outright win within the regular 90 minutes, expressing the coaching staff’s efforts in devising the right strategy for the match.
Raji also addressed the call for forwards Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, and Samuel Chukwueze to be more clinical in front of goal, emphasizing that football is a team sport, and the responsibility lies with the entire team rather than individual players or departments. He urged Nigerians to support and pray for the team in their quest for victory.
Babafemi Raji expressed the team’s unity, stating, “We win, lose, or draw together. This time tomorrow, we will win together.”
Regarding the potential inclusion of Kelechi Iheanacho in the matchday squad against Cameroon, Raji clarified that the decision rested with Coach Jose Peseiro.
Raji further discussed the potential inclusion of Kelechi Iheanacho in the squad against Cameroon, emphasizing that it’s ultimately the coach’s decision. He assured that Iheanacho is fit and ready to play, and when the coach deems it appropriate, he will be brought in.
Speaking about the current number one goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, Raji acknowledged Nwabili’s excellent form. However, he highlighted the healthy competition in every department, emphasizing that football is a team sport. He mentioned that besides Nwabali, other goalkeepers in the squad, including Francis Uzoho and Olorunleke Ojo, are in top form. Raji emphasized the team’s collective approach, stating that they don’t focus solely on individual performances.
The training session, which commenced at approximately 4:30 p.m., concluded at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.