Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Oghenekaro Etebo were among the early arrivals at the team’s camp in the prestigious Eterno Hotel in Benin City ahead of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.
The Super Eagles take on the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on November 13.
1st News reports that the match is the first of two qualifying matches for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The team will then fly to Freetown for the return game on November 17 at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed their arrivals on the team’s official Twitter handle on Monday; even as coach Gernot Rohr raised an alarm that the invited players were facing travelling difficulties. Rohr had earlier revealed that the players invited to the national team for the 2021 AFCON qualifying matches with Sierra Leone were facing travelling difficulties due to a new lockdown in some European countries.
The players affected include Daniel Akpeyi, Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo, Jamilu Collins, Semi Ajayi, Zaidu Sanusi and Kevin Akpoguma. Others are Frank Onyeka, Emmanuel Dennis, Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen and Chidera Ejuke.
However, the German football tactician said he was hopeful of having the full complement of the 24 players today.
According to the tweet by NFF, Musa who flew into the country from Saudi Arabia; where he recently parted ways with Al Nassr; was a surprise visitor at the camp of the Flying Eagles in Abuja earlier on Monday.
“He charged the team to go do the nation proud at the WAFU 2020 Regional Cup before connecting another flight to Benin.”
Musa was joined by Leicester City of England’s Iheanacho and Etebo from Turkish-based club, Galatasaray.
Other early birds to the team’s camp are goalkeeper Maduka Okoye of Sparta Rotterdam in The Netherlands; as well as KRC Genk of Belgium’s forward Paul Onuachu. Onuachu was called up to replace the injured Moses Simon.
Meanwhile, the Sierra Leoneans are booked at the Lush Hotel in Benin City. They are expected to fly into Lagos on Wednesday from where they will connect another flight to Benin.