Keshi delighted at return of Eagles’ key players




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Keshi-2-460x250The Super Eagles trainer expressed his delight at the recovery of players from injury on return to playing for their clubs as the national team warms up for next month’s matches Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is happy that several of his injured players have returned to pre-season action with their clubs ahead of next month’s pair of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Super Eagles will host Rwanda before traveling to South Africa as they hope to qualify and defend their title in Morocco. Ahead of the World Cup, Keshi lost the services of Bright Dike, Leon Balogun and Elderson Echiejile before seeing Michael Babatunde and Ogenyi Onazi cup major injuries in Brazil. However, all of them have returned to training with some having made appearances for their sides in pre-season. “I am happy with the recovery rate of virtually all the boys,” Keshi told SportingLife. “Leon Balogun is okay now, and he is training. “Dike and Ogenyi Onazi have resumed training with their clubs, same as Babatunde and Elderson Echiejile.[eap_ad_2] “It gives me joy, because it gives us the opportunity for various options. I pray that everyone remains in good health.” The 52-year-old is expected to sign a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation to extend his role as the Eagles’ coach this week. He has already spoken about being in touch with the bulk of his team ahead of the Afcon round robin where he expects to move into a new phase after the building process he oversaw during his first two years in charge. “All the players are ready for the qualifiers. I am very much in touch with them. I have called virtually all of them and they have all expressed their readiness to honour the invitation when the time comes,” he said. “Our building process continues. In this new phase, we are now going to consolidate on whatever gains we had last time. “The areas we had lapses, we are going to fortify them and be able to give Nigerians a very strong team that they can be proud of,” Keshi said.

Nigeria will play their first qualifier on September 6 against Rwanda before traveling to South Africa on September 10. (goal.com)[eap_ad_3]