NIGERIA WISH FOR MOSES RETURN

Victor Moses is hoping to recover from injury in time to play a part in Nigeria's second group game at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles drew their opener against Burkina Faso yesterday (Monday), conceding in the 94th-minute having taken a first-half lead.

Moses was not involved and he confirmed via his Twitter account he missed the match due to a minor injury, but will be back soon.

Reports on the post-match words from Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi say: 'We hope he [Moses] is fit for our next match against Zambia because at the last practice game in Portugal he had a hamstring injury. Two days ago the injury came back so I decided to leave him out because we have a lot of games ahead and I need him for them, so playing him would have been a risk.'

Nigeria versus Zambia, who are the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions, is on Friday afternoon. Kenneth Omeruo, our 19-year-old defender currently on loan at Den Haag, who came on late against Burkina Faso, might be in line for a start on Friday with Efe Ambrose suspended following a red card in Monday's game.

The other opening game in Nigeria's group, between Zambia and Ethiopia, also ended in a 1-1 draw.

Former Chelsea men Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou begin their campaign today when Ivory Coast play Togo.