•Against Cape Verde
By GEORGE ALUO
Everything points to the Super Eagles approaching today’s pre Nations Cup international friendly against Cape Verde as a competitive game rather than a friendly. The game is the last the Eagles will play before jetting out of Faro to South Africa. The players have, therefore, vowed to put in their very best and re-assure Nigerians that they would have a glorious outing at the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup.
Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has equally opted to announce his final 23-man squad after the game against the Indian Ocean Island, Nations Cup debutant, a situation that would make the players do everything possible to prove their mettle.
Goalkeepers’ trainer, Ike Shorunmu, told Daily Sunsports last night that all the players in camp were in very good shape and that Nigerians would see that much when they file out against Cape Verde. “Yes, it is a friendly, but the boys will use it to show that they are all in fine shape for the Nations Cup.
The final list will be out moments after that match and there will be no sentiments, we are taking the very best to South Africa,” Shorunmu said.
He charged Nigerians to pray for the Eagles, insisting that in every human endeavour, one must pray for divine blessings. “We are doing our best in camp, the NFF is giving us all the support and the players are ready to deliver. One thing that we can’t neglect is the need for our country men to back us with their prayers. With God, all things are possible.
It is only when God blesses your efforts that you can succeed,” he said. It would be noted that the Eagles in their last friendly drew 1–1 with a Catalonia selected side in a game in which Gabriel Dike levelled scores for the Eagles. Keshi had Sunday night dropped four players, leaving only 27 players in camp ahead of today’s friendly.