Super Eagles train in Dnipro ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Ukraine
The Super Eagles have arrived the city of Dnipro in Ukraine ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly with the senior national team of Ukraine.
Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications at Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), disclosed on Sunday in a statement that 18 players participated in an early morning team walk earlier in the day.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total off 22 players were expected to assemble in Dnipro.
“Team Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has fixed 5.30 p.m on Sunday for the team’s first training session, when all 22 players would be fully assembled
“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.
“Others were 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,” Olajire said.
He added that Spain–based defender Chidozie Awaziem arrived the team’s hotel ahead of defenders Olaoluwa Aina and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi.
The federation spokesman said Kelechi Iheanacho was being expected at just after noon.
“The training session will hold at FC Dnipro’s training ground at Dnipropetrovsk, within the Pridniprovsk housing estate,” he said.
Tuesday’s clash will hold at the 31,000-capacity Dnipro Arena, home ground of top club FC Dnipro, and will kick off at 9.30 p.m. Ukraine time (7.30 p. m. Nigeria time).
NAN reports that it is the first assemblage of the three-times African champions since finishing third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt in July.
The game also serves as part of the Super Eagles’ preparations for November’s 2021 AFCON qualifying duels with the Squirrels of Benin Republic and the Crocodiles of Lesotho.