Super Eagles could miss the services of their captain Mikel Obi for the international friendly match against Poland on Friday because the Tianjin Tieda was still struggling to sort out his work permit in China as at Tuesday evening.
Team Administrator Dayo Enebi Achor told thenff.com on Tuesday that Mikel had been working hard at renewing his work permit in China and he was now a major doubt for the battle of Wroclaw.
Enebi did not completely rule out the possibility of the player making the trip before the tie though.
“We all had been hoping that the renewal would come in good time for him to fly to Poland. As it is now, it is not likely that he would make the trip,” he said.
Mikel could be the third player to have pulled out of the tie after Oghenekaro Etebo was ruled out due to injury and Egypt –based Junior Ajayi, who was unable to secure visa into Poland.
The Nigeria Football Federation, in a statement on Tuesday, said the two players would fly directly to London for Tuesday’s clash with Serbia at The Hive, Canons Park.
Meanwhile, it was a beehive of activities at the Radison Blu camp of the team as 22 players had already arrived and trained ahead of the clash on Tuesday.
According to tweets from the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles), among the early arrivals to camp on Wednesday were William Troost Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, Brian Idowu and Leon Balogun who came in on Monday.
They were followed by Francis Uzoho, Elderson Echiejile, Stephen Eze, Joel Obi, Shehu Abdullahi, John Ogu, Moses Simon, and Kenneth Omeruo on Tuesday.
Later in the day, the team announced the arrival of Odion Ighalo, Ogenyi Onazi, Uche Agbo and Ahmed Musa to the camp.
Chidozie Awaziem, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho completed the list of players in camp.
A statement from the NFF revealed home –based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and South Africa –based Daniel Akpeyi were expected on Wednesday (today).
The team trained twice on Tuesday, with the same schedule for Wednesday, before Thursday’s training at match time inside the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw. The match kicks off at 8.45pm (Nigeria and Poland are on same time zone) on Friday.
Friday’s showdown inside the 43,000 –capacity stadium formally opens the first phase of the Super Eagles’ preparation for the FIFA World Cup.