The coach has returned from his trip to Brazil and is expected to lead out the lads in camp for the African Nations Championship
Coach Stephen Keshi is expected to return to the Super Eagles B squad that’s preparing for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) today after a hectic World Cup Draws schedule that was rounded off with a search for the team’s permanent camp in Brazil last week.
Assistant coach Daniel Amokachi said Keshi will join the rest of the squad on Thursday to continue with the training schedule that has been on for the past three days, noting that all invited players have acquitted themselves well.
Speaking at the weekly media parley, Amokachi said all players including the three Golden Eaglets stars invited have shown tremendous determination to be part of the final 23 man squad for South Africa 2014 tournament.
“All the players including the young Eaglets have been tremendous at training sessions and I personally will not be surprised if they make the final squad for the CHAN tournament, but we will have to wait for our boss to have a look at them and make a final decision”.
He commended the spirit of the players in camp, declaring that even the older players in the team have refused to let go. Though, he said the team has had to start building an entirely new team because many of those that originally started the home based team in the last months have moved overseas.
“About 80 per cent of the players we started with if not more have gone, but this new set are giving us hope that Nigeria is always blessed with talented footballers.”
On his part goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, said he has been very impressed with the two new goalkeepers, Isah Danladi of Sharks FC and U17 keeper Dele Alampasu.
“They have been wonderful along with Dan Akpeyi and Chigozie Agbim. They can even challenge for World Cup places, but it might be too early in the day, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for now,” he said.
The team began preparation for its debut appearance at the CHAN on Tuesday in Abuja.