MATCHS DU JOUR 3
Semi Ajayi of West Bromwich Albion, William Troost-Ekong of Watford, Leicester City duo of Iheanacho and Ndidi and Everton's Iwobi were among the latest nine players to linked up with Nigeria senior national team at their pre-Africa Cup of Nations training camp at lunch time in Abuja on Tuesday.
Others include Spain based duo of Nwakali and Kenneth Omeruo and Turkey based captain Ahmed Musa, who last starred for Fatih Karagumruk in their 1-1 Super Lig outing against Fenerbahce on December 22, 2021.
England based stars and the Super Eagles captain have now joined his international teammates as Augustine Eguavoen’s men continue their build-up towards the African football showpiece in Cameroon.
With his arrival, the number of players in camp swelled to 23, with the likes of Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze and Jamilu Collins of Padeborn, Tyrone Ebuehi of Venezia, Joseph Aribo of Rangers, and Odion Ighalo of Al-Shabab expected on Tuesday before evening training.
South Africa based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi headlines other Eagles in camp, as well as John Noble, Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho, Moses Simon and Spain based Sadiq Umar.
Others include Chidozie Awaziem, Zaidu Sanusi, Peter Olayinka, Olisa Ndah, Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ejuke, and Henry Onyekuru. Musa, who is the third Nigeria national team player to reach the 100-cap mark after Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama was part of Stephen Keshi’s squad that ruled Africa in South Africa.
The three-time African champions will hold their final training at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday evening before a trip on Wednesday to Cameroon, where they face Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, and Sudan in Group D.
Eagles In camp now
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); John Noble (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)
Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (SD Huesca, Spain)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Praha, Czech Republic)
Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Tyrone Ebuehi (Venezia FC, Italy); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)