Super Eagles hold final training before Tunisia clash
The Super Eagles had their final training session for the knockout tie against Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles on Saturday at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.
The training took place on the annex lawn of the Roumde Adjia stadium in Garoua.
The training was pretty intense with the players involved in last-minute drills ahead of the decisive win-or-break encounter.
Sunday’s AFCON round of 16 between Nigeria and Tunisia will take place on the main lawn at Stade Roumdé Adjia, Garoua, Cameroon, from 8:00 p.m.
During the training which started at 8:00 p.m. and lasted 1:20, the 27 players in the squad took part.
Head Coach Augustine Eguavoen oversaw the session along with assistant coaches Salisu Yusuf, Paul Aigbogun, Joseph Yobo, Terry Eguaoje and Aloysius Agu.
Goalkeeping coach Alloy Agu also trained the quartet of Maduka Okoye, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho and John Noble as they carried out their usual routine apart from some extra practice on set pieces .
The players, however, were in a boisterous mood as they eagerly awaited the game.
Yusuf, Yobo and Agu put them to the test with light jogging and stretching for the first 20 minutes.
They quickly observed a one-minute water break afterwards, before embarking on an intensive training session within the next 40 minutes.
Agu worked on the goalkeepers’ reflexes, while Yusuf, Yobo and Aigbogun made the other 23 players work with the ball for 10 minutes.
The players were then split into two groups over the next 10 minutes of training as they worked on short passing and ball control.
They were then involved in a six-man practice, with players from each team alternated intermittently.
Zaidu Sanusi, Samuel Chukwueze and Kelechi Nwakali all scored great goals for their teams.
Agility training was added to the mix with two players each involved in a duel to beat the buzzer.
The final 10 minutes saw the players engaged in a penalty shootout contest with Awaziem, Sadiq and Peter Olayinka all absent.
The training which began at 8:00 p.m. ended at 9:20 p.m., with the team heading straight for their bus and the hotel without speaking to reporters.