Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 January 2013

Nigeria/Burkina Faso: Eagles Set to Fly Over Stallions

Super Eagles yesterday defied the heavy downpour that almost punctured their morning training aimed at putting finishing touches to preparations for their opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations this evening against the Stallions of Burkina Faso at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit.

The team's Media Officer, Ben Alaiya said the players are high spirits as they get set to clinch the first three points against Burkina Faso.

He said the players are confident of recording a resounding victory over their West African neighbours so as to send a warning signal to other countries that are taking part in the 2013 AFCON.

"We can't take chances whether it rains or not", Chelsea John Mikel Obi said when asked about the readiness of the team.

All the players responded very well and the team is injury free, with Skipper Joseph Yobo saying it was good to be back in the bright sunny weather of Africa. "Its been good since we got here and I think the players are gradually getting used to being together and I know we will have a beautiful tournament", the Eagles skipper declared.

The Super Eagles held a media parley with the international press at 3:30pm local time on yesterday evening and train later in the evening at 7:30pm for today's match. The training held in Ngwenyama because of the rains in South Africa to avoid the pitch of the Mbombela Stadium from being in poor state before the game.

The cheery news was the return to full training by goalkeeper, Austin Ejide. Ejide had copped an injury in one of the team's international friendly against Cape Verde in Portugal. "I feel real good and ready but I am taking it easy as the medics have advised but am feeling real good", he declared.

On Saturday evening, goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, took Ejide on a special training session with Ejide turning out in impressive dives, punches and general conditioning of a good goalkeeper. He should at least be good for the bench in today's game.

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