EGUAVOEN INSISTS ON PROS FOR GUINEA DUEL
Under-23 Olympic Dream Team's Chief Coach, Austin Eguavoen, has invited six foreign-based and 14 home-based players for the second leg of the All Africa Games and 2012 England Olympic Games qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea billed for Malabo this weekend.
According to the the media officer of the team, Arafat Aliu, PSV Eindhoven's midfielder, Rabiu Ibrahim, Spanish-based duo of Ajiboye Muniru and Ibok Edet Emmanuel; Uruguay-based, Michael Essang; Finland's Arinze Alex Ikenna and England-based Uchechi Chima Daniel are among the foreign pros already in the team's camp.
He said that all the six foreign-based players would join their 14 counterparts for the final 20-man list that would fly out to Malabo on Friday through Cotonou, Benin Republic and arrive in Malabo in the early evening, after a training session in Lagos today. Eguavoen, commenting on the preparations, said that Netherland-based Uchebo Okechukwu would not be available for the game, assuring that he would make the trip for the All Africa games qualifier against Liberia.
'Uchebo would have been here for the Malabo game but he could not get a connecting flight, so we have decided to leave him out for the game against Equitorial Guinea, but he will be available for the game in Monrovia.
'For the team captain, Haruna Lukman, he was eager to come for the game, but his club needed him for this weekend's game against Lille in the French League,' Eguavoen added.
The Super Eagles'former coach, who expressed confidence in the crop of players to prosecute the match in Malabo, assured that they would deliver, stressing: 'We are going with a five goal advantage from the first leg and I believe we will get nothing less that victory in Malabo. The worst case scenario will be a draw.'
The team is expected to travel through Cotonou, Benin Republic and arrive in Malabo in the early evening.