Super Eagles players, Mikel, Ighalo, Echiejile, with a host of others and officials have safely landed in Uyo ahead of the World Cup qualifier against the Copper Bullets.
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr was the first person to step down from the flight, followed by his players.
The players on the plane from Abuja include Leicester City trio Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi, Tianjin Teda’s John Obi Mikel, Bursaspor pair Mikel Agu and William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Odion Ighalo and Shehu Abdullahi.
Six players Anthony Nwakaeme, John Ogu, goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye, Elderson Echiejile and Oghenekaro Etebo checked into the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel on Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday evening, the Super Eagles will begin shaping up for Saturday’s Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B match against Zambia.
Hapoel Beer Sheva duo Anthony Nwakaeme and John Ogu, goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye, Monaco loanee Elderson Echiejile and Portuguese-based Oghenekaro Etebo were all sighted at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort as at the time of filing this report.
It is confirmed that Leon Balogun, Odion Ighalo, William Troost-Ekong and Mikel Agu will arrive in Uyo this evening from the nation’s capital Abuja.
Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi is expected to join the team on Tuesday, before their first full training session.
Meanwhile, the Zambia squad had their first training session at the Marcel Desailly Sports Complex in Accra, Ghana on Monday, with two foreign-based professionals, Orlando Pirates’ Justin Shonga and Ajax Cape Town’s Roderick Kabwe, attending the workout, Football Association of Zambia has informed.
Nigeria will qualify for their sixth World Cup appearance if they beat the Chipolopolo on Saturday.