The bulk of Nigeria’s players invited for this weekend’s Cameroun 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa arrived the team’s camp Monday ahead of today’s opening training session.
The early birds are Henry Onyekuru, Kelechi Iheanacho, returnee Mikel Agu, Theophilus Afelokhai and Moses Simon.
Onyekuru is returning to the team as replacement for the injured Odion Ighalo, who picked up an injury. Agu has not played for Nigeria since he was omitted from the team to the Russia 2018 World Cup, while Afelokhai is making his second coming to the Eagles as replacement for first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, who has been ruled out by injury.
Also in camp are Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Ola Aina, Jamilu Collins and Sunday Adeleye.
Others expected today are William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Daniel Akpeyi and Brian Idowu.
Super Eagles are expected to fly to Johannesburg on Thursday evening for the match scheduled for Saturday.
The team’s official training programme begins today at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, but according to the Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, Thursday’s session would be closed to observers.
Ibitoye said the team would fly to Johannesburg aboard a chartered flight at 5.00 p.m. and return immediately after the game to prepare for next Tuesday’s friendly against Uganda at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
“We are focused on beating South Africa and I am sure we will get the desired result.”