By Harry Awurumibe
Apparently to ensure Nigeria’s victory over Egypt in this Friday’s African Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier match at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, no fewer than six foreign-based players have arrived the Super Eagles camp in Abuja.
Already in camp as at the time of this report are Chelsea FC of England linchpin, John Obi Mikel; Watford FC of England goal poacher, Odion Jude Ighalo and Turkey-based Eagles defender, Godfrey Oboabona.
Other foreign legions at the team’s Bolton White Apartments Hotel camp are Aminu Umar, Aaron Samuel and youngster Alex Iwobi who scored a goal for his Arsenal FC team last weekend in the English Premiership League.
According to the Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, more players are expected to hit the camp this night while others will come in just in time to join in the contingent that will leave Abuja for Kaduna later Tuesday.
Super Eagles fan, Prince Charles Azubuike, the proprietor of Charliz Fast food/ Executive Lounge, Umuagwo has expressed his delight for the new spirit in the camp of the senior national team. He said that the early arrival of the foreign-based players has made the job of the team’s coaching crew a little bit easier.
Said he,” It is very heart-warming and interesting to hear that Super Eagles players are now coming to camp early. Perhaps, they have realized that wearing of the national colors is a great privilege that cannot be toyed with”.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will train tomorrow morning inside the Abuja National Stadium even as Chief Coach Samson Siasia and his assistants are expected to have the full compliments of the invited players as the team will have only two days to train together before the big clash with the Pharaohs of Egypt on Friday.