Super Eagles battle ready for Mali

Interim Head Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf! Has said the team is battle ready and aiming at victory against their Malian counterparts in Friday’s international friendly match at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen, France.

Yusuf, who is assisted by Imama Amapakabo and Kennedy Boboye, have worked with a relatively young team in three training sessions but says the squad is in high spirit going into the clash with the fellow West Africans.

“Yes, we have had only three training sessions. But they were very good sessions and the team has bonded very well. We expect to go all out even though it is a friendly match.

“We are working with players who have self –belief and there is excellent team spirit.”

In preparation for the game, majority of the invitees are already in camp with only two players, Turkey-based defender Kenneth Omeruo and Belgium-based midfielder Wilfred Ndidi still being expected as at Thursday afternoon.

In camp are Odion Ighalo, Ogenyi Onazi, Brown Ideye, Carl Ikeme, Alex Iwobi, Abdullahi Shehu, Umar Aminu, Kingsley Madu, Moses Simon, Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Musa Muhammed, Etebo Oghenekaro, Babatunde Michael, Raheem Lawal, Gbenga Arokoyo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Daniel Akpeyi and William Troost Ekong.

The Friday match against Mali is the first of a two-game arrangement that will see the Super Eagles leave for Luxembourg City on Saturday, to also play that country’s senior national team on Tuesday. image


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