Turkey-based forward Henry Onyekuru will be the first player to arrive at the Super Eagles’ Savoy Hotel Resort and Spa, Victoria today as Nigeria opens camp for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Pirates of Seychelles.
Galatasaray’s Onyekuru is scheduled to land in at 11am on Monday, will be followed two-and-half hours later by Nigeria-based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who will arrive with the Nigeria-based members of the technical crew and backroom staff.
All the other players on Coach Gernot Rohr’s 24-man squad will arrive at the team hotel on Tuesday, with one group to come in before breakfast and another group expected at lunchtime.
Rohr has included three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and seven forwards in his list for the Afcon qualifier where the eagles are already playing catch-up.
The Super Eagles and the Pirates clash at the 10,000-capacity Stade Linite in a Group E, Matchday 2 encounter on Saturday, starting from 4.30pm Seychelles time (1.30pm Nigeria time), with both teams in need of the three points after losing their respective openers at the start of the campaign 15 months ago.
Libya top Group E following a 5-1 whiplash of Seychelles (who have installed a new coach in Gavin Jeanne), with South Africa second on goal difference after beating the Super Eagles 2-0 in Uyo.