Forward Odion Ighalo and midfielders Alex Iwobi and Semi Ajayi were among the first arrivals in the Super Eagles
camp in Asaba today as the countdown began for Friday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Seychelles.
Three–time African champions Nigeria have already made sure of a place at the Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt this summer, and the encounter against the Pirates is hardly more than an academic affair.
But the Eagles have spoken of a need to end the qualification series on a high and maintain reputation while using the game to kick –start preparations for the AFCON.
They take on the Pirates at the Stephen Keshi Stadium as from 4pm on Friday.
Goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi are all in town, as well as home –based professionals Ikouwem Utin, Ndifreke Effiong and Valentine Ozornwafor.
The bulk of the invited group of 23 will come in on Tuesday, with the friendly against the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday next week also in mind.
Coach Gernot Rohr called up 23 players for the two matches, with Ikouwem Utin and Effiong leaping on to the list as a result of injuries to Samuel Kalu and Ola Aina.