Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 November 2012

Nigeria: Keshi Hails Gambo, Says No Venezuela Action for Reuben, Idris

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Nigeria's Super Eagles training.

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi yesterday expressed satisfaction with the performance of Kano Pillars prolific scorer, Gambo Mohammed but said Pillars duo of Reuben Gabriel and Papa were not yet fit to play against Venezuela on November 14.

Speaking at the weekly media parley in Abuja, the Eagles coach said he is impressed with what he has seen so far of the new players invited to the team's camp and reiterated that he was delighted with what he has seen of Gambo.

According to him, the Pillars marksman is willing to give his hundred percent and is not afraid of fighting for a place in the team.

He maintained that what he has seen in the player is the kind of character that he wishes to see in all the players in the national team because it is the sure way to success.

"I don't think Gambo is a bad player but right now, I cannot tell you all the details about him. We just have few sessions and I can tell you that I like his character. He has a good fighting spirit. He likes to fight, to be there and to be seen.

"This is good for the team. Those are the things we need in the players in the national team. We want that fighting spirit in all the players in the team".

Meanwhile, Coach Keshi said Gambo's team mates, Reuben and Idris have made remarkable recovery from their injuries but would not be fit enough to play in the international friendly against Venezuela.

He explained that though they are not fit for the match, he invited the players to camp to help them recover faster as he said they would be exposed to better medical care in the national team.

"Reuben Gabriel is improving very fast but he won't be there against Venezuela. We hope that when we return from the USA, he would be much better for the training camp for the Nations Cup.

"Papa is also training with us. He is not there yet but we are happy that he is training with us. The two players are in camp so that they can recuperate faster", he explained.

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