CHAN 2016: Super Eagles begins training for Angola
The Super Eagles on Sunday began full preparations for their international friendly against Angola on Wednesday under the watchful eyes of Coach Sunday Oliseh.
The coach who is now fully recovered from a virus infection according to Tijjani Babangida had already got cracking in his preparations for the 2016 CHAN, which kicks off on January 16, officials said.
On Saturday night, Oliseh, who was not part of the team’s training camp in Abuja, received the Eagles squad in Pretoria and the following day they were training under his supervision.
“Oliseh is fully recovered now. We met him at the hotel on our arrival and he started training the team today (Sunday),” disclosed Oliseh’s special assistant, Tijjani Babangida.
“He put the boys through their paces, correcting their mistakes and joining them in the game itself. He’s looking a lot healthier.”
On Wednesday, the Eagles will play a warm-up game against another CHAN-bound team, Angola.
They were also slated to face Cote d’Ivoire on January 11 before they depart for Rwanda.
However, Assistant coach of the team, Jean Francois Losciuto had allayed fears that the players are likely to suffer altitude problems stating that the fitness of the players was paramount to the technical.
“The physical condition of the players is yet to yield maximum level and this is not satisfactory,” Losciuto revealed on a Lagos radio sports programme.
“The altitude here in Abuja is not the same with the one we will experience in Chan, that was the reason we picked Pretoria as our pre-tournament camp site.
“As soon as we hit Pretoria, we will reach high altitude, the same as in Rwanda. This will be good for the players and the training. I believe the problem of physical condition will be solved.”
The fourth edition of the Chan starts on January 16 with the Super Eagles playing in Group C alongside Tunisia, Guinea and Nigeria.
Nigeria finished in third position at the last edition held in South Africa in 2014, beating Zimbabwe 1-0 in the third place classification game.