Monday, March 21, 2016 12:56 pm
Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Obi has arrived the team’s camp ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
The match scheduled to take place in Kaduna on March 25, will be followed by another encounter in Alexandria Egypt, on March 29.
Toyin Ibitoye, Super Eagles Media Officer said Obi arrived this morning (Monday) to bring the number of foreign players in camp to four.
The other players are Aminu Umar, Shehu Abdullahi and Alex Iwobi who arrived on Sunday.
Iwobi had scored a goal for Arsenal in the team’s 2-0 win at Everton on Saturday.
Ibitoye said that goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and forward Oghenekaro Etebo were the only home-based players in camp out of the six home-based players left in Coach Samson Siasia’s list.
“Chibuzor Okonkwo, Matthew Etim, Ifeanyi Matthew and Kalu Orji are yet to arrive after playing for their clubs in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches.
“These six home-based players will join their foreign-based counterparts for the match against Egypt.
“Other foreign-based and home-based players are on their way,’’ Ibitoye said.
He explained that full training in preparation for the encounter would commence Tuesday morning, at the National Stadium, Abuja.
“There is no training today (Monday) because it’s arrival day; intensive training will commence on Tuesday,’’ he added.
NAN reports that 19 other invited foreign-based players are expected to arrive the team’s camp in Abuja, today.