FIFA 2014: Yobo, Osaze happy to be back

Returnee Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo and Osaze Odemwingie are happy to be back to the fold

Both players had been frozen out of the team, Yobo since March 2013 and Osaze since before AFCON 2013.

Both joined their team mates in London on Monday morning as the Super Eagles kick started their preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Yobo declared during breakfast that he was overwhelmed by the shower of love by his team mates.

“I am humbled and I pray that I will justify the confidence reposed in me,” he said.

Osaze spoke in a similar vein, adding that it was a family reunion that is bound to affect the fortunes of the team at the World Cup.

“We will do our best in Brazil to justify this unity that we have in camp,” Osaze said.

All but two train

All the 30 invited players invited except for Brescia of Italy midfielder, Nnamdi Oduamadi and France based star, Sunday Mba, were in camp and attended the team’s training session on Monday evening.

Team Scribe, Dayo Enebi Achor, explained that the duo had hitches with their travelling documents and were scheduled to make it to the team’s camp any time from now, a development Head Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi frowned at.

However, the technical crew was happy with the entire squad response to arrival in camp and the camaraderie that existed among all the players.

“It’s one big family here and this is the spirit we should carry to the World Cup,” declared Lille of France goalie Vincent Enyeama. There are also no injury worries with the team as all the players have been visiting the gym to maintain fitness.

Keshi prays fitness

Meanwhile, head coach of the team, Stephen Keshi says he is working to ensure that the team is devoid of injuries in the run-up to the World Cup but noted that friendlies must be played to keep the team in shape both physically, mentally and socially because the players have not been together for sometimes and there is need to ensure that all of them are on the same page.

Nigeria play Scotland on Wednesday in its first pre-World Cup friendly game.


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