Goal scorer against Liberia, Iheanacho six others leave Super Eagles’ camp

Goal scorer against Liberia, Iheanacho six others leave Super Eagles’ camp
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For the first time in many years, Nigeria’s lead football brand will be attempting to feature almost two different teams in the same competition within the same period.

The bulk of players who played on Friday against Liberia in the Group C of the World Cup qualifiers are reportedly out of camp and back at their different clubs in Britain.

Among those who left on Saturday is Kelechi Iheanacho. Others include his Leicester City mate, Wilfred Ndidi;  Oghenekaro Etebo and William Troost-Ekong both of Watford FC; Alex Iwobi of Everton and the duo of Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo from Rangers in Scotland. 

The match with Cape Verde will be held at the 5,000 capacity Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena on the island of Mindelo on Tuesday.

Should Nigeria avoid defeat on the fortress ground of the new dark horse of African football, the team will consolidate in its top of the log following the massive win against Liberia last Friday in Lagos.

“The Cape Verde match will not be easy considering the exit of some of the players from the United Kingdom. We have just two days to train and we have to play on a synthetic pitch in the Southern Hemisphere, remarked Gernot Rohr on NFF TV.

“We have to adapt to two extreme situations. The win in Lagos was on wet grass and under a difficult situation and here we are going to another extreme surface, a dry hard pitch (Synthetic surface) which is not going to be easy for my players to adapt easily.

“With the camp reduced, I know we still have quality players to step up the tempo and grind the result at Cape Verde it is certain that we have to build a fresh defense, midfield and the attack within a limited time,” he further remarked.

Should Super Eagles claim another win  on Tuesday, it will be the second consecutive World Cup qualifying series that Nigeria will win her first two matches on the go.

At the last qualifying round of matches to Russia 2018, Nigeria won 2-1 away at Zambia and home win against Algeria to sit at the summit of the log from Match Day-one till the final match.

A record achievement set by the Franco/German tactician since Frenchman, Phillip Trousse piloted the team in the France ’98 qualifying round of matches when Nigeria was assured of Mundial qualification with a game to spare against Syli Stars of Guinea in Conakry.

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