The Nigeria U23 Eagles team is beginning to take shape as five foreign based players were involved in the training session at Training Pitch 1 of Moshood Abiola Stadium, on Sunday evening.
The training which commenced 4:00 pm ended at 6:20pm.
Their arrival brought sigh of relief to the coach and brought the best out of the invited home based as they improved their games during the training session. The team will have their first training session on Moshood Abiola Stadium pitch at 3:00 pm today.
The U23 Eagles head coach, Salisu Yusuf revealed that four among the other invited players will join the team today. He added that Gent striker, Gift Orban may not honour the invitation to have his debut for Nigeria.
“We have been working hard in the last ten days and now we have professional like five. So, I think the team is beginning to be taking shape, Salisu Yusuf exclusively told BSN Sports.
“We have only five players in camp and we know four players are coming tomorrow (Monday) that we are sure of. You know some of these players have match today (Sunday).
He expressed his fear on Gift Orban not honouring the invitation.
“Yeah, we sent invitation to Gift Orban. I think I scouted him since he was playing for his former club before he joined Gent. I think he is doing very well. We sent invitation and up till now, we are yet to receive any positive response from his club. I am not sure he is coming because up till now there is no news neither from him nor his club on whether he is coming tomorrow but we knew that the invitation has reached his club.
The Nigeria U23 team will trade tackles with Guinea U23 national team in the CAF U23 African Nations Cup qualifier on Wednesday at the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja at 4:00 pm with the return leg few days later.
Winners from the two games will qualify for the 2023 CAF U23 African Nations Cup finals where countries will pick the 2024 Olympic tickets.