Rohr works to make Ideye, Leon Balogun fit for Algeria Clash
It was confirmed yesterday that defenders Leon Balogun and Shehu Abdullahi as well as striker Brown Ideye are nursing injuries, but were part of the Super Eagles main training ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier match against Algeria on Saturday.
The three players trained as the technical crew worked on their fitness during the morning session.
“They are nursing minor knocks,” simply disclosed a team official.
All the 23 players invited by Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, trained yesterday evening, including Oghenekaro Etebo and Dele Alampasu ,who arrived late yesterday. Only Belgium-based defender Elderson Echiejile is still b e e n expected as at last night.
Among the players who trained were skipper Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa, John Ogu, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Ogenyi Onazi.
Others were Daniel Akpeyi, Musa Mohammed, Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun and Moses Simon,Wilfred Ndidi,Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Kingsley Madu and Uche Agbo, Odion Ighalo, William Troost-Ekong, Brown Ideye and Dele Alampasu.
It was confirmed that the team will depart Abuja today for Uyo, instead of Thursday as initially planned. “The team will leave for Uyo by 3pmafter the morning training,” said the team’s media officer, Toyin Ibitoye.
Coach Rohr and his assistants put the players through their paces twice during the training. They will also train this morning before flying to Uyo in the afternoon.
The Super Eagles go into the match on a four–match winning streak, going back to the summer when they defeated Mali 1-0 in Rouen, France and spanked Luxembourg 3-1 in Luxembourg City, though both were friendly matches.
In September, the Eagles pipped Tanzania 1-0 in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo, before edging Zambia 2-1 in Ndola at the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup race on 9th October.
Manchester City of England’s youthful forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored in all four matches.