A mild drama ensued today when the management of Eko hotel attempted to stop the Super Eagles players from training at the facility inside the 5-star hotel.
From the trending video, assistant coach, Joseph Yobo was seen arguing with a staff while the players were having their session in the gym in preparation for the FIFA World Cup qualifying clash with the Lone Stars of Sierra-Leone on September 3.
However, the media team of the three-time African champions have refuted reports that the team were ejected from using the facility.
According to the Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Babafemi Raji who was present at the gym session, it was a minor misunderstanding between an assistant manager at the hotel and his members of staff on the usage of the gym facilities.
Adding that some team officials had to get involved as the manager’s action caused a huge distraction to the team’s training.
“We were scheduled to train just within the hotel with the gym session coming first then the outdoor volley session next.
“However, just as we wrapped up the gym session, one of the hotel managers came in to inspect and while the team trained at a section of the gym just doing light stretches, he yelled at his members of staff and that caused a distraction to the team’s session which, although light, required concentration.
“While the back and forth between the manager of the hotel, his staff and some officials of the Super Eagles were on, the gym session continued and lasted 45 minutes, which was 15 minutes more than the earlier scheduled 30 minutes, coach of the team, Gernot Rohr called the entire team together to give instructions on the next session which was the volley outdoor session”, Raji narrated.
Fifteen players were involved in the training on Monday evening as camp continues to bubble ahead of the game against Liberia on September 3, 2021.