By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
The Nigeria Football federation is in joyous mood following the return to training of the Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme at his English Championship club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Ikeme last played for Nigeria last year against Zambia in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match. He got injured during a game for his club The Wolves last year.
He has since missed two key Super Eagles game in the 2018 World Cup and 2019 AFCON qualifiers against Algeria and South Africa respectively both at home.
Scribe of the NFF, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed told Completesportsnigeria.com in Abuja that Ikeme's return will be a morale booster to the Super Eagles ahead of their World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in August
"We are happy that Ikeme is back after a long lay-off due to injury and I believe his presence in the team will give the other players the morale to go all out for a win against Cameroon in August. We have missed him," Sanusi stated.
"The FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia was a good opportunity to see the Cameroonians play three games. We now know their strength and weakness, it is now left for the coaches to work on them and get a result in the first leg of the world cup qualifiers."
He continued : "Cameroon held their own well against top sides in world football and it will be a tough game when they come to Nigeria in August. They are a good side, but I think the Eagles will rise to the demand of the occasion to beat them"
Dr. Sanusi also expressed optimism that a complete Super Eagles squad made up of Mikel Obi, Leon Balogun, Victor Moses. Carl Ikeme, Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye will be good enough to beat the AFCON champions