Former Watford star Odion Ighalo landed in Lagos from China on Wednesday morning and has given his word that he will link up with his international teammates in Uyo later today.
The Changchun Yatai striker boarded an Air Peace flight in Lagos as he is set to join his colleagues in Uyo.
Ighalo confirmed before the departure of the flight that the ambition of playing at the Africa Cup of Nations is the sole motivation for him and teammates going into the crucial doubleheader against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya.
“We want to play at the AFCON next year and to do that, beating Libya is a task we must accomplish successfully,” Ighalo told reporters at the Lagos airport.
The Mediterranean Knights top Group E with four points (from their defeat of Seychelles and draw with Libya), while South Africa (winner over Nigeria before they drew with Libya) are second and Nigeria, who lost to South Africa and defeated Seychelles, lie third.
The Libyan Football Federation confirmed on Monday that a 54 –man delegation comprising players, technical crew, backroom staff, and LFF officials will fly into Ibom International Airport, Uyo aboard a chartered aircraft on Thursday.
Match officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the referee assessor from Mali and the security officer from South Africa, will arrive in Nigeria on Thursday and then fly to Uyo on Friday morning.