Returnees Joseph Yobo and Peter Odemwingie have spoken of their delight at being well received into the Super Eaglescamp in London ahead of the team’s friendly with Scotland on Wednesday.
Coach Stephen Keshi handed a recall to the duo for his 30-man provisional World Cup squad early this month. They will hope to impress and make the final squad to Brazil next month.
Yobo said during breakfast on Monday at the team’s hotel that he was overwhelmed by the shower of love by his team mates. “I am humbled and I pray that I will justify the confidence reposed in me,” the captain was quoted by national team media officer Ben Alaiya.
The defender had been out of the squad since the end of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa last year.Deputy captain Vincent Enyeama reinforced the unity in the camp thus: “It’s one big family here and this is the spirit we should carry to the World Cup.”
On his part, Odemwingie, who had fallen out with the coaching crew since 2012, expressed his joy at being part of the national team once again.
“We will do our best in Brazil to justify this unity that we have in camp,” Odemwingie said.
Out of the 30 invited players, only two were yet to hit camp on Monday. Nnamdi Oduamadi and Sunday Mba had been delayed by travel documents.
The Super Eagles will play their friendly against the Tartan Army at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground on Wednesday by 8pm.
The team will fly out to the United States for further friendly matches against Greece and the US national men’s team before going to Brazil.
Nigeria have been drawn in Group F with Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.