By Ejike Obeta
Asaba, March 20, 2019
The Super Eagles trained behind closed doors on Wednesday as they intensified preparations at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba for Friday’s clash with their counterparts from Seychelles.
The Eagles, after facing Seychelles in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers, will take on the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday in a friendly.
Toyin Ibitoye, the team’s Media Officer, told NAN at the stadium that the players were in high spirits preparing for the task ahead of them.
“The players are in high spirits. We are happy. We have been here in the past. The last time, we enjoyed our stay and that’s why we are here again.
“Right now, we are training to win our match on Friday and also to win our friendly with Egypt on Monday,” he said.
Ibitoye commended the Delta Government for its commitment to sports development, especially in providing sports facilities at the stadium and ensuring the welfare of its sports men and women.
Meanwhile, some football fans in and around Asaba have expressed disappointment at not being allowed to watch the national team’s training session on Wednesday.
One of them, Amechi Moka, told NAN he was disappointed to be turned back by security operatives after traveling from nearby Ibusa to Asaba to catch a glimpse of the players.
Moka however said he was going to stay outside the stadium’s main bowl till the end of the training session in order to catch sight of the players.
He said this would be possible when they were entering their bus.
The football fan added that he was going to do all he could to be at the stadium on Friday for the AFCON qualifying match.
Another fan, Favour Okoye, said it was not right for the fans to be denied access to the stadium to watch the Eagles’ training.
Okoye, however, observed that the measure could have been introduced to avoid the players being distracted.
NAN reports that hundreds of football fans waited outside the stadium as only journalists were allowed just 20 minutes to watch the training session.