President Muhammadu Buhari is presently in a farewell meeting with players and officials of Nigeria’s senior national football team, Super Eagles, at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The Eagles, led by NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, will depart the country for a friendly match against England this weekend ahead of their trip to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Buhari had earlier scheduled the meeting for Tuesday evening to bid the three-time African champions goodbye on their way to a sixth appearance at football’s biggest showpiece.
Immediately after the meeting, the Eagles will jet out to London for the pre-World Cup friendly against England’s Three Lions at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.
From London, the Gernot Rohr-led side will fly into Bad Tatzmannsdorf, a city in Austria where they will spend eight days in camp at the world–renowned Avita Resort before flying to Russia.
Rohr said he’d drop two more players after the England game, and the final 23-man team will play a final pre-World Cup match against the Czech Republic at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium (just outside Vienna) next Wednesday.
Nigeria will begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Croatia June 16, before games against Iceland and two-time world champions Argentina.