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We are playing with fire, Godwin Enakhena laments poor preparations ahead of AFCON

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Veteran Nigerian sports journalist, Godwin Enakhena has decried the poor preparations of the Super Eagles ahead of the 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Enakhena, who is the Director of Sports, MFM FC, in a Facebook post on Sunday, disclosed that only 12 players out of the 28-man squad are currently in camp in Abuja.

He added that the team won’t have a proper training session before they leave for Garoua, Cameroon on Wednesday.

He wrote, “About 90% of the players invited to play for Nigeria at the Africa Nations Cup in Cameroun have been in Nigeria for over a week, but as at this morning, only 12 out of the 28 are in camp in Abuja.

“And the Super Eagles are expected to leave for Garoua this Wednesday. It means that the team won’t have a proper training session before they leave.

“Update! Zaidu Sanusi don show. 12 players in camp. Zaidu Sanusi(FC Porto, Portugal), Moses Simon(FC Nantes, France), Francis Uzoho(AC Omonia, Cyprus), Henry Onyekuru(Olympiacos, Greece), Peter Olayinka(Slavia Praha, Czech Republic), Chidozie Awaziem(Alayanspor, Turkey), Chidera Ejuke(CSKA Moscow, Russia), Daniel Akpeyi(Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Sadiq Umar(UD Almeria, Spain), Olisa Ndah(Orlando Pirates, South Africa), John Noble(Enyimba FC), Taiwo Awoniyi(Union Berlin, Germany). God bless Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are battling with an injury crisis with Abdullahi Shebi and Leon Balogun out. Napoli star Victor Oshimen is also absent from the squad due to Covid-19. To make matters worse, Watford striker, Emmanuel Dennis has been withdrawn by his club, posing a bigger problem for interim manager Augustine Eguavoen.

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