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18 EAGLES GEAR UP FOR PERU FRIENDLY

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Super Eagles' preparations for the May 23 international friendly against Peru in Lima, started yesterday at the Practice Pitch of the National Stadium in Abuja, with all the players invited in attendance apart from the injured duo of Solomon Jabason and Shehu Maijema.

Also, all the invited players of Heartland of Owerri and Warri Wolves, who have crucial CAF Confederation Cup games to play away from home, were given reprieve by Eagles' Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, who said there was no need to rush them to camp, when their teams would be travelling out of the country midweek.

The players concerned are imposing defender, Azubuike Egwueke, Sunday Mba and skipper, Chigozie Agbim, all of Wolves. Others are Obinna Nwachukwu and goalkeeper, Dan Akpeyi of Heartland of Owerri.

The players are now expected in camp latest on Monday next week. But players of Sunshine Stars of Akure, who have a crucial CAF Champoions League game this weekend at home in Ijebu-Ode against a Malian side, are in camp. They trained with the rest of the squad yesterday. They are skipper of the side, Godfrey Oboabona and striker, Izu Azuka.

The other players in camp include Okemute Odah, Hamza Ikenna Onwuemenyi, Juwon Oshaniwa and Barbabas Imenger, who is suffering from a slight knock on his knee and was exempted from yesterday's training session.

Others in camp are, Nura Mohammed, Gbolahan Salami, Kalu Uche, Henry Uche, Samson Pius, Marcel Obioha, Hassan Hussein, Emma Nwachi, Ugonna Ozochukwu, Papa Idris, Gabriel Reuben and electric winger, Ejike Uzoenyi.

Yesterday's training was supervised by Keshi, along with his assistants. Keshi told both the old and fresh players that there would be no sacred cows in his selection, as only the best 17 players would be selected for the trip to Lima.

'Prove yourself on the pitch and you will be on the plane to Peru', he said.