The Super Eagles on Monday resumed training at their World Cup base camp in Essentuki, Russia, as the team quickly got down to the business of enacting a revival of their campaign against Iceland on Friday.
Following their opening group loss to Croatia on Saturday, Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr reckoned they could not afford to lose any time in rebuilding the squad for winning ways, hence the decision to get back to training at 5pm on Monday.
This came less than 24 hours after the Eagles returned from Kaliningrad, where they lost 2-0 to Croatia, as the delegation arrived at Essentuki around 5pm on Sunday, as they now focus on plans for Friday’s match against Iceland in Volgograd).
Upon their arrival from Kaliningrad, the players that did not play against Croatia, like Joel Chukwuma Obi, John Ugochukwu Ogu, Eddy Ogenyi Onazi and Tyronne Ebuehi trained at Essentuki Arena on Sunday evening.
The following day, the whole arsenal of players were instructed to be seated in the team bus at 5pm, before the short trip to the Essentuki Arena for their first full training session following the game against Croatia.
Nigeria’s next two opponents in Group D, Iceland and Argentina, have both returned to their base camps and worked out on Sunday.
The defeat against Croatia leaves Nigeria bottom of the group after Iceland, who the Super Eagles face in their next game, but they are still in good spirits and remain hopeful they will qualify for the last sixteen.