Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that the Super Eagles’ delegation will fly out of Asaba, Delta State to Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday, ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.
According to source the NFF brought forward their initial flight scheduled for the Eagles from Friday to Thursday, following complaints by the crew and players that they would barely have time to relax before the match.
Although the strategy worked against Libya, when the NFF’s chartered flight from Uyo flew the team direct to Sfax, Tunisia barely 24 hours to kick-off in the second leg away, and the Eagles won 3-2, the players and crew want a different approach this time out.
The argument raised, according to feelers reaching footballlive.ng at the weekend, was that the coaches would love to have at least two training sessions in Johannesburg before the match, once they land on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Galatasaray of Turkey striker, Henry Onyekuru showed how determined he is to transform club form into action with the national team, as he was on Monday among the early arrivals at the Super Eagles’ camp.
Onyekuru, who scored twice for his club last weekend, was one of the early arrivals at the camp in Asaba, Delta State, alongside Leicester City attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victoria Setubal midfielder Mikel Ndubuisi Agu and Moses Simon of Levante.
Agu, who is making a return to the team since the World Cup snub, was in action on Friday night in Setubal’s to a 2-1 win over Fereinse.
Theearly birds make up the first batch of 23 players invited for Saturday’s match at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
The same group will prosecute the friendly encounter against the Cranes of Uganda at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba three days later.
Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, though, is keeping faith with majority of the group that trounced Libya’s Mediterranean Knights last month, but ace midfielder, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi is ineligible due to two yellow cards.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Afelokhai are the goalkeepers that would be jostling to be in-between the sticks for the Eagles, who are set to be captained once again by Saudi Arabia-based Ahmed Musa.
The Eagles will fly from Johannesburg to Asaba on Sunday, November 18 for the friendly with Uganda on Tuesday, November 20.