Two former national team players, James Etokebe and goalkeeper Patrick Udoh have lent their support to the the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they prepare to face the Black Meteors of Ghana in Friday’s inauguration game of the ultra-modern Uyo Stadium.
Both players were at the training session of the team in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, yesterday, to show their solidarity to the team.
Etokebe, who is now the coach of Akwa United, said he was excited that the Nigerian national team will be playing two important games in his home state and thanked Governor Godswill Akpabio for the vision to build an edifice that is now attracting not only international football but attention across the world. Udoh spoke in a similar vein and assured that fans in Uyo and environs will turn out enmase to support the national team in the two games they have in the city in the coming days.
The team made up of entirely stars from the Nigerian league trained at the Uyo Township stadium under the watchful eyes of Assistant Coach, Dan The Bull Amokachi. He was assisted by Coach Valere Hyandonou and Goalies’ Trainer, Ike Shorunmu. The team was scheduled to have a feel of the much talked about Uyo Stadium later last night.
Head Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was still away in Abuja on some personal issues and he’s scheduled to join the team soonest. The training proper, which featured all 24 players lasted for over two hours with some of the players having a first feel of the rigorous regime of training in the Super Eagles camp.