Monday, 13 August 2012

Eagles train in Niamey

The Super Eagles had their
first training session in
Niamey, Niger Republic on
Monday afternoon, but had
to retreat after about an
hour due to the scorching
heat of the Nigerien capital.
Big Boss Stephen Keshi along
with his assistants all took
part in the training session
that took place at the synthet
ic pitch of Stade Omnisport
in Niamey.
Training commenced at
about 3:45pm, with Keshi as
usual lecturing the players on
the importance of the game
and the need to show
Nigerians that they are
worthy ambassadors who
can always put on the
national colours.
Moments after training
started with Coach
Hyundonou Valere, Sylvanus
Okpala, Dan Amokachi taking
their turns and Ike Shorunmi
busy with his two
goalkeepers, some of the
players ran out of the pitch
because the heat was
practically piercing their
boots due to the scorching
sun. Training became a
But Keshi insisted on training
in the condition, which at the
time stood at 33 degrees
Celsius, with humidity at 46
per cent. The players
therefore had to endure the
training for about 1hour 15
minutes, because Keshi
noted that the same
condition will apply on match
day when they file out
against the Mena. The only
difference being that the
game will be played on a
natural turf.
Immediately, after training all
the players ran to the
sidelines to remove their
boots and had to loosen up
after training on bare foot
because of the heat. “We
have to endure it because
we are professionals and we
want to do well in the
friendly and in other
upcoming games”, Keshi said
after the training.

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