Olympiacos attacker, Brown Ideye and Imoh Ezekiel who was a part of the Rio Olympics bronze winning team were among the very first set of players to arrive at the Super Eagles training camp in Uyo.
The Nigeria Football Federation confirmed that the other players who also arrived in the Akwa Ibom State capital on Monday are Enugu Rangers goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel; Jamiu Alimi of Kano Pillars, Victor Osimhen, and Musa Mohammed who is based in Turkey. Osimhen, who plays also for the national U20 side is making his debut with the seniors.
The Eagles are assembling in Uyo ahead of an African Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania. Both teams have been eliminated from the competition after Egypt snatched the only ticket available to the group. The NFF however said the game remains important for Nigeria as it is the first outing for the new Eagles manager Gernot Rohr who will also use the game to prepare the team for a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Zambia fixed for October 3.
His assistants Salisu Yusuf and Imama Amapakabo were already in Uyo as the players trickled in but Rohr and some other players faced challenging times getting a flight down to Uyo.
The NFF explained via Twitter, “Rohr and a handful of players will also join up later today (Monday) after a flight delay from Lagos.”
Chelsea stars, Mikel Obi and Victor Moses are expected to join the team on Tuesday.
In a Nigerian league match, MFM and Abia Warriors played out a goalless game on Monday morning as both sides struggle to beat relegation.
The match could not be played on Sunday following heavy rain in Lagos that rendered the Agege Stadium pitch unplayable.
According to an LMC report, Abia Warriors were the more cohesive at the start. Their striker, Bolaji Sakin took the first two shots at goal within the first seven minutes. That was followed by Michael Olaha unleashing a pile driver in the 20th minute that went just inches of the MFM post and it turned out largely the best shot of the match.
An offside call denied MFM FC forward, Austine Ogunye, when he had the ball in the net before Sikiru Olatunbosun fluffed the home team’s best chance of the match.
The frustrations of the home crowd boiled over when with 16 minutes left on the clock, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi got a loud jeer after needlessly booting a shot high and wide from 20 yards, when a pass looked the better option.