AFCON Qualifiers: Iheanacho, 11 others arrive Eagles’ camp


The Super Eagles’ camp in Victoria is finally coming alive as more players have arrived ahead of the September 8 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Seychelles.

The Super Eagles are lodged at the Savoy Hotel Resort and Spa in Victoria ahead of Saturday’s crunch tie against Seychelles.

As at Monday night, only Henry Onyekuru was in camp. However, the latest updates indicate that Kelechi Iheanacho and 10 other players have all arrived; thus, swelling the number of players in camp to 12 as at breakfast time.

Aside from Iheanacho, those already in include Wilfred Ndidi, Kenneth Omeruo, Francis Uzoho, Semi Ajayi, Samuel Kalu, Chidozie Awaziem, Kelechi Nwakali, Bryan Idowu, Simeon Nwankwo and Joel Obi.

The ‘Match day 2’ encounter between the Super Eagles and the Seychelles National Team, known as Pirates, will take place at the Stade Linite on the Mahe Island (home to the capital city, Victoria), starting from 4.30 p.m. Seychelles time (1.30 p.m. Nigeria time).

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands on the western Indian Ocean, off East Africa, and is home to about 100,000 people.

This weekend’s clash is crucial to both the Eagles and the Pirates, both teams having lost their opening games in the series.

The Eagles lost 0-2 to South Africa in Uyo on June 10, 2017. A day earlier, the Pirates were crushed 5-1 by Libya’s Mediterranean Knights at the Stade Chedly Zouiten in Tunisia’s capital.

Presently, Libya’s Knights top the Group E, followed by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, with the Eagles in third place and the Pirates bottom.


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Having failed to qualify for the last two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and 2017, the Super Eagles are keen to stage a return to compete in the continent’s flagship football competition in 2019.


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