With exception of Ibrahim Sunusi who is presently in Russia undergoing a trial with a yet to be disclosed club, all the remaining invited Under 23 players for the AFCON Under 23 qualifiers against Sudan have reported to camp and are sweating it out under the watchful eye of Imama Amapakabo in Abuja.
The Under 23 team will face Sudan on September 6 in Omdurman before the second leg of the final qualifiers in Asaba four days later and the media aide of the team, Sharif Abd’Allah told SportingLife that the technical crew is happy to work with almost all the invited players.
He said the players are currently being put under rigorous sessions that will make them regain their fitness level within the shortest possible time and that all the 34 players are responding very positively to the instructions of the head coach, Amapakabo and his assistants: Kennedy Boboye and Shuaibu Suleiman.
“We have almost all the invited players in camp and the only player yet to report is Ibrahim Sunusi who emerged as the joint highest scorer last season with 10 goals along with Mfon Udoh,” Abd’Allah told SportingLife.
“He is currently abroad on trials and we wish him well. The players in camp are sweating it out and coach Imama is trying to ensure that they regain their fitness level and are ready for the challenge ahead.
“We are training twice per day and the emphasis has been on ensuring that the players are fully fit. We do not have any plans to play any friendly game now because the coaches want to make the players ready first before that.”
The Under defeated Libya 4-2 on aggregate in the last round before setting a date with Sudan.