Nigeria vs Mexico Friendly: Olawoyin, Mayi shine as Eagles train on Natural Pitch in Abuja


The Super Eagles trained for the first time at the River Plate Training pitch, Wuse, a natural turf on Friday evening.

Twenty-two players were involved in the session. Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble was exempted from the session after a knock he received during Thursday’s league game between Abia Warriors and Enyimba.

Goalkeeper coach Alloy Agu spent a brief session with goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Stanley Nwabali during the time coaches Austin Eguavoen and Paul Aigbogun worked separately with two sets of teams.

An 11-Aside training match was played between Team Ezenwa and Team Nwabali. Team Nwabali won 2-0. Rangers winger Ibrahim Olawoyin scored the first by heading home a rebound after Charles Atshimene’s effort came off the cross bar.

Olawoyin then set up Seth Mayi just inside the box. The midfelder’s curling effort went in off the inside of the post to round off a flowing passing move which involved three other players.

Team Nwabali: Nwabali; Sanusi, Adeleke, Kazie, Imo Obot; Shimaga, S. Jude, S. Mayo; Olawoyin, Ali Mallam, Atshimene

Team Ezenwa: Ezenwa; Olusesi, Tebo Franklin, Olisa Ndah, Oriyomi Lawal; Onwuasonaya, Zulkifilu; Anayo Iwuala, Adetunji, Ezeikwe, Nenrot Silas

Discussions ongoing as to if players whose teams are playing proximate to Abuja can be allowed to feature in Sunday’s games for their clubs.


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