The Super Eagles are sweating it out to impress their Chief Coach, Samson Siasia, as the country prepare for the international invitational championship  tagged; the Obama Cup in the US.

Siasia has told the Eagles, who were invited from the Nigeria Premier League, NPL,  that nobody will be given an automatic shirt to play in his team. This  has sent a signal to the players in camp that they would face real battle to get a shirt to play in the team.

The camp came alive  yesterday after striker, Gbolahan Salami, star of last year’s WAFU Cup triumph in Abeokuta, arrived to bring the number of players to 27  ahead of the Obama Cup in the United States.

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The competition is in honour of United States’ President Barack Obama and it will take place at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas venue of Nigeria’s first ever  FIFA World Cup finals match, which ended in a 3-0 whitewash of Bulgaria in June 1994.

Enugu Rangers’ ace Fred Okpara who is nursing an injury has not been able to make it to the team’s Bolton White Apartments in Abuja, while John Agbawu,  Bartholomew Akakem and Uche Kalu are still expected.

Head coach Samson Siasia conducted his second training programme with the players yesterday evening at the artificial turf of the FIFA Technical Centre, and  minced no words in telling the players that they have to imbibe the character and attitude of senior team players.

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“I feel satisfied with the response of the players two days after the camp was opened,” Siasia told

“Though the first day was not too impressive, I want to believe that with all the invited players in camp, we will have a full training session and be able  to pick a strong team for the championship in the US as well as other games ahead,” he said.

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