SUPER EAGLES IN EARLY MORNING WALK AT DNIPRO, UKRAINE

SUPER EAGLES IN EARLY MORNING WALK AT DNIPRO, UKRAINE

The Nigerian Super Eagles are set for their first post Africa Cup of Nations’ match as a rebuilding process begin ahead of qualifying ties for the 2022 World Cup and the 2012 Nations Cup tournament.

According to a media release from the Communication Department of the NFF, the Super Eagles have arrived in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly with Ukraine.

It will be the first ever encounter of Nigeria and Ukraine at Grade A level. The two teams however met at the last Under 20 World Cup in Poland.

Sports Village Square gathered that there are 18 players at an early morning team walk that the Super Eagles had on Sunday.

The team is largely an experimental one as the technical crew attempts to plug holes picked in the last Africa Cup of Nations’ tournament.

According to the NFF, the Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has fixed 5.30pm on Sunday for the team’s first training session, when all 22 players would be fully assembled in Ukraine’s third city.

At Sunday morning’s team walk were goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Maduka Okoye, defenders William Ekong, Jamilu Collins, Leon Balogun and Bryan Idowu, midfielders Alex Iwobi, Joseph Aribo, Oghenekaro Etebo and Anderson Esiti, and forwards Joshua Maja, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Emmanuel Dennis and Moses Simon.

Spain –based defender Chidozie Awaziem arrived the team’s hotel, ahead of defenders Olaoluwa Aina and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, and Kelechi Iheanacho who were being expected at just after noon.

The training session will hold at FC Dnipro’s training ground at Dnipropetrovsk, within the Pridniprovsk housing estate.

Tuesday’s clash will take place at the 31,000 –capacity Dnipro Arena, home ground of top club FC Dnipro, and will kick off at 9.30pm Ukraine time (7.30pm in Nigeria).

It is the first assemblage of the three –time African champions since finishing third and with the bronze medals at the first –ever 24 –team Africa Cup of Nations staged by Egypt June/July this year.

For the Super Eagles, the game also serves as part of the preparation for November’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying duels with the Squirrels of Benin Republic and the Crocodiles of Lesotho.

Meanwhile, Turkish Airline management has promised to deliver to Dnipro before Tuesday the Nigeria team’s kit bags and luggage of six players that failed to arrive with the team from Istanbul on Saturday.

Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, told thenff.com: “Our kit bags did not arrive with us from Istanbul. The bags of six players also did not arrive, but we have alerted Turkish Airline and they have promised to deliver them to us in Dnipro between Sunday and Monday.”

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