There was a serious injury scare in the Super Eagles camp when Nantes defender Chidozie Awaziem limped off during the team’s final training session in Uyo on Saturday.
The team trained on the turf which brought them qualification success at the Nest of Champions for a final time before going to Port Harcourt ahead of Monday’s international friendly with Congo Democratic Republic.
That seems to have come at a cost though as the third choice centre back was badly hurt while trying to prevent Kelechi Iheanacho from scoring his third goal of the session – unfortunately, Iheanacho did score but the defender came off worse with a suspected ankle injury.
The FC Porto product was subsequently replaced by William Troost-Ekong in his team while he was seen carrying a strap of ice around his ankle after the training session.
Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho was the star of the day as he scored three out of the four goals scored during the three halves of twenty minutes each. Playing for the team which had Junior Lokosa and Simeon Nwankwo also playing with him, Iheanacho scored with assists from Oghenekaro Etebo and twice from Nwankwo.
Changchun Yatai of China forward Odion Ighalo scored the other goal during the session, rounding off a neat breakaway which involved Alex Iwobi and captain John Mikel Obi.
Bursaspor defender William Troost-Ekong who sat out major part of Friday’s training trained normally with the rest of the squad, playing in all halves of the session.
Other injury doubts Daddy Moses Simon and Wilfried Ndidi continued their recovery outside from the rest of the group.
The team are expected to continue their World Cup preparations when they reach Port Harcourt on Saturday evening.