Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nigeria’s Mikel Obi is first in Kenya while Eagles coach Keshi expresses frustration over NFF travel arrangement.

Chelsea Midfielder Mikel Obi was the first Super Eagles player to land in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday for an all-important 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Mikel arrived Nairobi 9pm Monday night, while the rest of the Eagles squad landed in the early hours of Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s head coach Stephen Keshi has expressed his frustration over  travel arrangements made by the Nigerian Football Federeation for the team's 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kenya on Wednesday.

The African champions flew from Houston, Texas on Saturday at 4pm local time to reach their training camp in Nuremburg, Germany.
They will then arrive in Kenya via Ethiopia on Tuesday ahead of the crucial match against the Harambee Stars.
The round trip from Germany to USA, back to Germany and then from Ethiopia to Kenya is calculated at more than 22 thousand kilometers.
 “Somehow it will have an effect, because you're coming from another continent, with different weather”
Stephen Keshi also reinstated the effect of the long distance journey- "Yes somehow it will have an effect, because you're coming from another continent, with different weather. Everything together is going to have an effect."

Keshi is also worried about not having enough time to train before the very crucial match:
"Now that we're playing on Wednesday in Kenya, we probably will not have time to even practice before we play the game, that's very tough," Keshi said.
"It's frustrating that you have a team and cannot practice with the team before a very major game."
The coach is staying positive and is hopeful to get an opportunity to train.
"Hopefully if we get an opportunity to practice, we will take it, because we need every training session to correct some few things," Keshi said.
"Any little time that we have, we will try to manage it well."

Let's pray they do fine in Nairobi, nobody needs a reminder on how crucial this match will be for the Super Eagles.