25 players took part in a tranning session at the Sani Abacha stadium as preparations begin for the 2018 CHAN qualifiers against Benin Republic.

“We started our training today just to bring the body back because of the long journey traveling here after playing for their clubs in the last 48 hours.

“We appreciate the patriotism and commitment the 25 players have shown.

However, Yusuf is skeptical of releasing the players for the weekend’s Nigeria Professional Football League matches with their clubs.

“Lets train for the first three days before we decide whether to release the players for their clubs for the weekend games.

“But they can be released for Sunday because after Sunday, we still have two weeks before the game against Benin Republic.”

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