Vanguard (Lagos)

31 December 2012

Nigeria: AFCON - Keshi Insists On Jan 5 Deadline

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has warned foreign based Super Eagles players against flouting the January 5 deadline he set for all invited players to report to the Faro camp in Portugal.

Keshi who spoke Sunday soon after receiving the latest arrivals, Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa both based in Russia, as well as Italy based upcoming midfield ace, Ogenyi Onazi said except for Ikechukwu Uche whom he had an agreement with his club for late arrival, he would not entertain any default as redards the January 5 deadline.

Said Keshi, "we have no discussion to let some players stay with their clubsides beyond January 5 and the rules are very clear. If any player fails to make the date without permission we will apply the rules."

Wednesday's friendly against Catalonia will be the team's first big test in their sojourn in Portugal.

Emenike, Ahmed Musa and Ogenyi Onazi breezed into camp at lunch time Sunday and were immediately checked into their rooms.

After exchanging banters with team officials led by Stephen Keshi they joined teammates in having their lunch and just as they were about rounding off, the fourth player to arrive on Sunday, Raheem Lawal, who now plays in the Turkish second division showed up.

The four players trained with the rest of the team Sunday evening, as more players continue to hit camp for the international friendly against Catalonia.

At the last count, nine foreign based players had arrived the Faro, Portugal camp of the team. Head Coach Stephen Keshi had said he expects at least 11 foreign based players to feature in the friendly against Catalonia on Wednesday.

Similarly, Keshi has said apart from Ikechukwu Uche, who has been given January 6, to arrive camp, because of the concession his club in Spain gives to the Super Eagles, especially regarding the Catalonia friendly all other players are expected in the Faro camp by January 5.

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