In preparation for the upcoming clash against Angola in the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote D’ivoire, Super Eagles players Victor Osimhen and Stanley Nwabali have returned to training on Tuesday night.
Osimhen, who missed Monday’s training session at the Police College in Cocody, Abidjan, rejoined his teammates on the field. Similarly, goalkeeper Nwabali, recovering from a mild ligament injury sustained during Nigeria’s 2-0 victory against Cameroon last Saturday, trained with the squad.
Unlike Monday, Nwabali participated in goalkeeping drills with the team’s goalkeeper trainer during Tuesday’s session, showing no signs of discomfort and demonstrating his readiness to return to action.
However, vice-captain William Troost-Ekong continued to be absent from training for the second consecutive day. The center-back has been grappling with a thigh injury, which also led to his absence in Nigeria’s last group game against Guinea-Bissau. Troost-Ekong has been a key player for the Super Eagles in the ongoing 2023 AFCON.
The team, led by coach Jose Peseiro, is gearing up to face the Palancas Negras at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on Friday, February 2. Nigeria secured a spot in the quarter-finals after defeating the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon 2-0 in their last group match. Meanwhile, Angola advanced to the last eight by beating Namibia 3-0 in the 34th edition of AFCON.