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Nigeria: Only18 players from the 24 presently in camp will make the trip to Abidjan

Ivory Coast players celebrate after forward Gervinho scored a goal against Tunisia during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. AFP PHOTO

Only18 players from the 24 presently in camp will make the trip to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire for the return leg of the final round qualifier of the CHAN championship.

Team Secretary, Dayo Enebi Achor, said only 18 players will be dressed for the encounter and it will be useless taking more than the required number to Abidjan, as others who have been in camp with the rest of the squad should have gained the much needed experience. Twenty players were originally primed for the trip.

The team continued its buildup at the Atro Turf pitch of the Goal Project in Abuja, with all the 24 players showing enthusiasm about the possibility of making the final cut for the Abidjan trip. Keshi has already assured them that there will be no favouritism in the final selection of players for the trip as only merit will be the yardstick.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will on Friday morning at the FIFA Goal Project site take on Abuja FC in a game primed to test the readiness of the players for the war against the Ivorain Elephants in Abdjan.

Team Coordinator, Emmanuel Atta, says Coach, Stephen Keshi has already approved the game and necessary contacts have been made for the test match, which will be played on Friday morning. FC Abuja, features in the second tier of the Nigerian league and have been described as a very solid side by several coaches.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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