2016 Rio Olympic bronze winning defender, William Troost-Ekong and Watford forward, Odion Ighalo are expected as early birds from abroad as the Super Eagles camp in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state opens today (Monday) ahead of Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.
The two players are scheduled to arrive at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel later tonight, even as home–boys Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa (goalkeepers) and Jamiu Alimi (defender) are also expected in earlier in the day.
Super Eagles skipper Mikel Obi is due to join the team’s training on Tuesday.
The Nigeria Football federation(NFF) also confirmed yesterday that the new Technical Adviser, Gernort Rohr, who keenly followed Nigeria’s campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics and travelled to Spain to see the country’s domestic stars in a couple of friendly matches against Spanish La Liga sides, will also be in Uyo on Monday(today).
Both Nigeria and Tanzania 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. But the Eagles and their new Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr will use the match as a rehearsal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Series Matchday 1 clash with Zambia in Ndola on 8th October.
The result at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium on Saturday will not count, but the outcome of the encounter at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola five weeks later will set the tone for the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifying campaign.