Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has received a major goalkeeping boost from Chippa United regarding the fitness of veteran, Daniel Akpeyi.
The 31-year-old was ruled out of Nigeria’s two World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon earlier in September due to injury. Rohr decided against fielding him in both matches in Uyo and Yaounde as a precaution.
Daniel Akpeyi is now fully fit and will feature for his club on Tuesday evening barring any last minute changes. He has been named in the starting line-up for Chippa United’s game against Baroka in the Premier Soccer League.
After the international break, Super Eagle tried to improve his fitness for Chippa United as he trained with a local club in Lagos before his trip to South Africa.
Daniel Akpeyi is yet to feature for his club in the league this season but made 28 appearances from a possible 30 last season.
Gernot Rohr is expected to reveal his squad for the October 7 World Cup qualifier against Zambia later this month.
Mikel: Zambia Is In Good Spirit But It’s Time To Wrap It Up
Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi is not getting carried away by Nigeria being tipped the favourites to outclass Zambia.
The Tianjin Teda midfielder, John Obi Mikel is not underating the Zambians and has dismissed their Underdog Tag.
Serious Task Ahead
Mikel, knowing what is astake, has however given an insight of what the Super Eagles will do come next week Saturday.
Having defeated Algeria home and away, Mikel believes the Super Eagles will have to take Zambia seriously.
But he is confident Nigeria will grab the the ticket to the World Cup in Russia with a victory.
”I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers.
Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat,” Mikel told thenff.com.
”We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up.”
In conclusion, the former Chelsea ace heaped praise on his teammates and the technical crew.
He explained that the Super Eagles’ imminent World Cup qualification is due to the crew’s hardwork and positive approach.
Mikel added : ”We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death.’
“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there.”
Bondo To Decide Nigeria Versus Zambia Affair
39-year old Bostwana referee, Joshua Bondo will take charge of proceedings of Nigeria’s match against Zambia.
Bondo who has been an international referee for the past 10 years will take charge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo next week Saturday.
FIFA has chosen Bondo alongside his countrymen, Oamogetse Godisamang, 40, and Tirelo Mositwane, 30, to rule over the game.
Godisamang, an international assistant referee since year 2010 will serve as Assistant Referee 1, while Tirelo Mositwane, an international referee since 2013 will serve as Fourth Official.
Souru Phatsoane from Lesotho will be the Assistant Referee 2 for the October 7 showdown.
South Africa’s Mr. Carlos Manuel Neves Henriques will be the Referee Assessor while Sudanese Osama Hassan Ataaelmanan is the match commissioner.
Hassan was also the Match Commissioner for the game between Nigeria and Cameroon in Yaounde on September 4.
Battle Of Champions
A win in Uyo will see three –time African champions, Nigeria seal a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance in Russia.
2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners, Zambia, will face the champions of the 2013, Nigeria, on October 7.
The make-or-break game will Kick –off at 5pm at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
Kenneth Omeruo Proposes To Girlfriend
Nigerian defender, Kenneth Omeruo has taken the huge step of proposing to his girlfriend, Chioma Nnamani.
The proposal which was a romantic one, was a complete surprise as the unsuspecting Chioma had no idea was was to be.
Apparently, the Kasimpasa defender seems to be one of those ‘few’ lovey-dovey, romantic Nigeria men still existing.
Chioma walked into a room to see her boyfriend while Omeruo sat on the bed.
While she was still in the joyous mood of seeing him, the footballer swiftly went on his knee to propose to her.
It took a bedazzled Chioma some time to come to terms to what was happening.
Upon realizing, she had to cover her face at some point as everything came as a total surprise to her.
She finally said ‘yes’ and the family members who were hiding in another part of the room came out to congratulate the duo.
As expected, Chioma was shocked as she did not expect to see the appearing well wishers.
Then after, she was all over the place as she kept jumping from one person to the other showing off her ring.
Omeruo soon after took to his Instagram page to share the video of the proposal and thanked everyone who helped him put it together.