Only thirteen of the twenty-six invited home based players had arrived at the Super Eagles camp at the Bolton White Apartment in Abuja as at lunch time on Monday.
Papa Idris, Gabriel Reuben, Gbolahan Salami, Hussein Hassan, were among the 13 early callers to the national team’s camp in Abuja.
Other players already in camp also include: Kalu Uche and Henry Uche both of Enyimba of Aba, Izu Azuka and Godfrey Oboabona of Sunshine Stars, Kwara’s Barbabas Imenger, Samson Pius, Dolphins newcomer Nwachi Emmanuel, Nura Mohammed and Gombe’s Marcel Obiorah.
According to Ben Alaiya, the media officer of the Super Eagles, all other players were expected before dinner on Tuesday.
Preparations for the international friendly in Lima, Peru scheduled for May 23 will start in earnest on Tuesday.
Alaiya explained that Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, had to shelve training till Tuesday to allow some of the players who featured for their club sides in the State Federation Cup finals ample time to return to camp.
Meanwhile, some of the players are also expected to be released at the weekend to feature for their clubs in continental assignments.
These players are from the Heartland of Owerri, Sunshine Stars of Akure and Warri Wolves.
The national team is expected to return to the main bowl of the Abuja National Stadium when rigorous training resumes on Tuesday morning. Team Coordinator, Emmanuel Atta, was said to have spent the better part of Sunday and Monday ensuring that the pitch and other facilities necessary for proper training are in place.
He assured that all is now ready for training on Tuesday.