Nigeria take on Egypt in a Group D Africa Cup of Nations clash on Tuesday – and bragging rights are at stake.

Augustine Eguavoen was keen to show the progression he has made as Super Eagles interim boss.

We take a look at five notable talking points from the Tuesday training session at the Moshood Abiola Stadium.

1) Umar Sadiq means business

The Almeria striker is enjoying a sensational season in Spain – and has acknowledged he must improve his game on the international stage.

Sadiq was keen to put his words into action on the training ground on Tuesday with three goals, and could be seen leading his teammates in an agility drill with a look of sheer determination on his face.

2) Olisa Ndah was impressive

He worked hard to make a number of good passes – and looked genuinely frustrated with himself whenever he was beaten.

But he has competition in the form of Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem and Semi Ajayi, and will have to be at his best to keep his place.

3) Henry Onyekuru is seriously quick

It’s no secret the Olympiacos winger is rapid, but my word does he prove this to be true on the training ground ahead of the Egypt game.

While taking part in a sprinting drill, Onyekuru found himself being man-marked by the equally fast Zaidu Sanusi

It seems the aim of the game is to run the other man down, and both players are very much up for the challenge.

4) Kelechi Iheanacho and Kelechi Nwakali the new bromance?

I have no idea what that means but it’s apparently what Nwakali calls Iheanacho; and it looks like the two are inseparable.

They look to be forming quite a nice partnership, and a little bromance off-the-pitch will surely not hurt that.

5) There’s always time for fun

Footballers will be footballers and that means there is fun to be had.

Everyone knows players like to have a laugh on the training ground, which is great in small doses as it helps with team bonding.

The players were seen smiling and looking relaxed.


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