Nigeria’s national team, Super Eagles will open camp in Uyo on Monday, for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.
The Deputy General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, made the announcement in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in southeast Nigeria.
Dr. Ikpeme had arrived in Akwa Ibom State on Friday, as a one-man advance party ahead of the team’s assistant coaches and backroom staff who are expected to arrive in camp on Monday morning.
Home-boys Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa (goalkeepers) and Jamiu Alimi (defender) are also expected in Uyo, alongside a number of overseas-based professionals, including defender William Troost-Ekong and forward Odion Ighalo.
Team captain, Mikel John Obi, who had led the National U-23 to Olympic bronze in Brazil, is expected to arrive at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel on Tuesday.
Both the Super Eagles and Taifa Stars have little other than pride to battle for in Saturday’s game, as Egypt’s Pharaohs have already picked the lone ticket from the group to Gabon.
However, the Eagles and their new Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, would use the match as a rehearsal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series match-day one clash with Zambia in Ndola on October 8.
Although the result at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium would not count, the outcome of the encounter at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola would set the tone for the Eagles’ World Cup qualifying campaign.
The invited players are:
Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers) and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah).
Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France) and Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia).
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium) and Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Imoh Ezekiel (Al-Arabi Sporting Club, Qatar), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece) and Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany).