Stephen Keshi,Super Eagles Coach, has ordered the eagles to soar well as they confront Greece in another international friendly encounter in preparation for the World Cup which starts next week in Brazil. The final 23-man list for the event was sent to FIFA only yesterday and any serious injury by any player could be a disaster to the team hoping to do well at the Mundial.
Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Ben Alaiya, told our correspondent that Keshi has advised the players to be wise in their approach to the two remaining friendly games in the USA. Alaiya said; “We need the friendly games to put the players in tip-top shape for the World Cup. Match fitness is crucial but we cannot afford injury this time too.
“The Head Coach (Keshi) took time on Saturday to speak with the players on the need to play safe and avoid injury against Greece on June 3 and against USA on June 7. The players are in the right rhythm now and we are not praying for anything to truncate that.”
At the weekend, three World Cup bound players lost their respective places due to injury sustained during friendly games. Ghana’s Jerry Akaminko was taken out of the match during the 1-0 defeat suffered against Holland and that was the end of his World Cup ambition.
Italy’s Ricardo Mintolivo and Mexico’s Luis Montes were also injured and had to be removed from the World Cup list of their respective countries. Nigeria played 2-2 draw in her first warm up game against Scotland in London.