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2017 African Cup of Nations Qualifier: Eagles’ Pros battle harsh weather in Kaduna

Super Eagles have arrived Kaduna and are facing a harsh weather as the team prepares to play seven-time African kings Egypt in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The team trained on Tuesday evening at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium after their trip from Abuja where they had commenced preparations.

Goal gathered that the climate in the northern part of the country is scorching and this was echoed by Watford’s striker Odion Ighalo who tweeted that the sun in Kaduna could ‘bleach’ the skin.

“The sun here for Kaduna fit bleach person.” Ighalo tweeted.

All the players except Elderson Echiejile trained on Tuesday evening under the watchful eyes of coach Samson Siasia.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi also took part in the session after shrugging off the food poisoning that sidelined him earlier in the day. The 19-year-old’s presence at the Super Eagles training put an end to reports that he was still mulling an England decision.

He walked around the pitch a few times before he was put through aerobic exercises and light ball juggling. Siasia’s men are expected to continue training on Wednesday morning to fine-tune strategies for the Pharaoh’s who have revealed their aspiration of caging the Eagles before their own fans.

Egypt top Group G with six points while Nigeria are in second place. A win for the 2013 African kings would brighten their chances of qualifying for Gabon 2017, while Hector Cuper’s men would be staging a return to the biennial African championship after three successive misses.

Source: Goal

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