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REPORT: Victor Moses stars in Nigeria’s second training session

Nigeria Super Eagles had their second training session in Kaduna ahead of the anticipated double-header in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Samson Siasia’s men arrived at about few minutes to 16:00 at Ahmadu Bello Stadium and they went immediately to work, with all preparations seemingly planned prior under the hot sun with a massive over 4,000 fans at the stadium applauding the team.

The physical trainer had led them first to stretching, shuttle runs, little ball work, jogging and sprint tests.

The team following by 30 minutes of extensive ball work, followed by tactical training led by Emmanuel Amunike where he showed the team how to build from behind and counter-attack, with both taking around 50 minutes in total where the team was trying to establish their identity.

Later on, the team had split themselves into two equal halves, which at that point you could guess who’s going to be part of the starting eleven.

On the other side, ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper Emmanuel Okala oversaw training of Nigeria goalkeepers Carl Ikeme, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi.

One player that has showed fantastic form today was West Ham United winger Victor Moses who scored some goals and was impressive all around the pitch, tackling, wining the ball, off the ball runs and so on.

Despite a stomach bug, Arsenal prodigy Alex Iwobi drew a lot of applause. He didn’t do much running due to his condition but his decision making was there for everyone to see as he looked just a level above the rest of the players, with his intelligent passing showing clear distinction to what you can do in the final third and what you can do with the ball at your feet.

Elderson Echiejile finally joined camp after he had missed yesterday’s training session but did not clearly look like he was on form as he was poor during the sprint test but can be excused as he had just arrived yesterday after training.

The expected XI against Egypt: Carl Ikeme; Matthew Etim, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Shehu Abdullahi; John Obi Mikel, Okechukwu Azubuike, Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses; Ahmed Musa, Odion Jude Ighalo.

Possible replacements are considered in midfield as it’s a battle between Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses for two spots.

Despite Aaron Samuel’s impressive showing, it is expected that Odion Jude Ighalo will start due to his Watford form over the season.

Also read | Nigeria hold first training session in Kaduna

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