It was a mixture of good and bad news for injured Super Eagles goalie, Austin Ejide, after medical personnel attached to the national team in Faro, Portugal took extra scan on his injured thigh muscle and came out with its final conclusion on the player's availability or otherwise for the Nations Cup championship.
The good news is that the player has not been ruled out of the Nations Cup, the not too good is that he has up to 14 days to be fully ready for action, according to Head Coach Stephen Keshi.
Keshi said at the team's training camp in Faro, Portugal on Friday afternoon that Ejide has a harm-string injury that should take about eight days to heal but has been given the extra days to return fully for action.
"In fact, he should be ready for our opening group game against Burkina Faso on January 21," he said.
"The doctor has explained that he has started his recovery therapy already and in four days, before we leave Portugal for South Africa, we should have a progress report on whether he has improved or not. If we have any negatives we may be forced to make a change but we don't expect that. However we are still keeping Daniel Akpeyi in camp to forestall any unforeseen circumstance," Keshi explained.
Meanwhile, the national team has celebrated the naming of first choice keeper, Vincent Enyeama, as Africa's best goalkeeper for last year, with Keshi urging Enyeama to demonstrate his selection by putting up a solid performance at AFCON 2013 in South Africa.
All Super Eagles players clapped away when Keshi made the announcement and said that the national team does not need a better morale booster than one of their own being picked as the best in the continent and number 48 in the world.
"We trust that Enyeama will prove he's Africa's number one when the SA 2013 championship starts," he said.