Eagles Begin Preparations for AFCON

The Super Eagles’ final preparations for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt begin on Sunday, when invited players, alongside the technical crew and administrative staff, will start arriving in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

On Sunday, the Eagles’ backroom staff are expected to be complete, with some players also expected, while the larger population of the players should hit town on Monday.

This first phase of camping will involve a friendly match against the Warriors of Zimbabwe, at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on June 8.

Players and officials will travel to the Egyptian city of Ismailia the following day aboard a chartered flight, where they will stay at the Hotel Mercure and spend a full week perfecting tactics and strategies, before taking on Africa’s number one –ranked team Senegal in another friendly in Ismailia.

On January 17, the three-time champions will travel to Alexandria – venue of their Group B matches against Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.

Coach Gernot Rohr had invited 25 players to the camp, with six other players – among them three home –based professionals – on standby.


Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis, Cyprus), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina Utd), Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, SA)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy), Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey), Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor, Turkey), William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy), Leon Balogun (Brighton, England), Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain), Jamilu Collins (Padeborn, Germany), Semi Ajayi (Rotherham, England)

Midfielders: Mikel Obi (unattached), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke, England), John Ogu (unattached)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar, S’Arabia), Victor Osimhen (Charleroi, Belgium), Moses Simon (Levante, Spain), Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray, Turkey), Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England), Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France), Paul Onuachu (Midtjyland, Denmark), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester, England), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain)
Standby: Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba), Bryan Idowu (L’Moscow, Russia), Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba), Mikel Agu (Setubal, Portugal), Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt), Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba)

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