AFCON Qualifiers: Super Eagles Camp Full As Ighalo, Idowu Storm Uyo
All the 24 players invited by Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr for the crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Libya have all arrived in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital.
Eagles, will on Wednesday, have their second training session as they step up preparations for their crucial Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON qualifying matches against Libya.
The Super Eagles stars are all looking forward to Saturday’s game billed for the Akwa Ibom Stadium, as well as the reverse leg in Sfax, Tunisia three days later.
Stand-in skipper, Ahmed Musa, is top on the list of players getting set for battle against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya.
Three-time African champions, Nigeria has failed to qualify for the last two editions of the AFCON tournament hence the team cannot afford anything short of three points against present Group E pacesetters, Libya.
Goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, as well as defenders William Ekong, Semi Ajayi, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins, Abdullahi Shehu, Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo are among those at the Ibom Meridien Hotels and Resort.
Also on ground are midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Kalu, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo, and forwards Isaac Success, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru and Kelechi Iheanacho.
The duo of Ighalo and Bryan Idowu were the last set of players to arrive in the camp.
Ighalo told CSN before his departure from Lagos on Wednesday that the ambition of playing at the Africa Cup of Nations is the sole motivation for him and teammates going into the crucial double header against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya.
“We want to play at the AFCON next year and to do that, beating Libya is a task we must accomplish successful,” Ighalo told CSN, beaming in smile.
Nigeria on three points, trail Group E leaders Libya by a point ahead of the double header billed for Uyo on Saturday and next Tuesday in Ajax Tunisia.
South Africa are currently in second position on four points as Libya, but with fewer goal difference. Seychelles bring up the rear after losing their first two games against Libya and Nigeria.
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