Chelsea star Victor Moses on Wednesday evening displayed some top form in his first training with the Super Eagles ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo on Saturday.
Moses, who arrived at the team’s camp on Wednesday morning, pulled huge cheers from the over 1,000 fans who watched the Eagles train at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr had a full house for the training as he put the squad through their paces.
Turkey-based defender Elderson Echiejile, who reportedly sustained an ankle injury after colliding with China-based striker Odion Ighalo during the team’s first training on Tuesday, trained with the rest of the team.
The Zambians are expected to arrive in Uyo on Thursday from their training camp in Ghana.
2012 African champions Zambia were dealt a huge blow on Wednesday after star attacker Edward Chilufya, who is Chipolopolo’s top scorer this year with seven goals from eight matches, was ruled out of the encounter due to injury.
But Chipolopolo manager Wedson Nyirenda, who admitted the side would miss the Platinum Stars player, who sustained a knee injury in Zambia’s 3-1 defeat of Algeria last month, insisted that he had other plans for the crucial fixture against Nigeria.
“I think the replacements in Alex Ngo’nga and the other boys that we have brought into camp can do the job and do wonders for the team,” Nyirenda was quoted by Lusaka Times as saying on Wednesday evening.
The former Zambia international added, “When Plan A does not go well, good coaches will always have Plan B in place and we had already prepared ourselves for any eventuality.”