NIGERIA vs SOUTH AFRICA: Rohr, NFF, captain speaks as Super Eagles face South Africa in top of the table AFCON qualifier match – Latest news roundup

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Super Eagles of Nigeria is fit and ready for their crucial tie against South Africa on Saturday

 

It is barely two days to the crucial top-of-the-table clash between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa that will take place at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday 17th, November 2018.

Officials and stadium managers are worried that the Super Eagles of Nigeria fans will outnumber the South African fans after only 7300 tickets were sold ahead of the crucial match on Saturday.

22 players have already to Super Eagles camp in preparation from this crunch tie. The Super Eagles opened its training camp at the Stephen Keshi stadium in Delta state on Sunday and are scheduled to round of training on Wednesday, then fly out to South Africa on today.

The full list of all 22 players in Super Eagles training camp

GOALKEEPERS

  • Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United)
  • Theophilus Afelokhai (Eyimba FC)
  • Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Eyimba FC)

DEFENDERS

  • Ola Aina (Torino – on loan from Chelsea)
  • Adeleye Aniyikaiye (Ifeanyi Ubah FC)
  • Semi Ajayi (Rotterdam United)
  • Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow)
  • Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion)
  • William Troost-Ekong (Udinese)
  • Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes  – on loan from Chelsea)
  • Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07)

MIDFIELDERS

  • Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City)
  • John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva)
  • Mikel Agu (Vitória de Setúbal – on loan from FC Porto)

FORWARD/ATTACKERS

  • Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)
  • Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City)
  • Isaac Success (Watford)
  • Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray – on loan from Everton)
  • Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal CF)
  • Victor Osimhen (Charleroi – on loan from Vsf Wolfsburg)
  • Moses Simon (Levante)
  • Ahmed Musa (Al-Nassr)

French-based footballer Samuel Kalu who plays as a winger for Bordeaux is the only remaining player expected to arrive in camp today before joining the remaining delegates, players, and officials as they depart the country to South Africa in a chartered plane from the Benin City airport later in the evening.

NFF opens up on Victor Moses

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has finally opened up on the real reasons 27year old Chelsea winger, Victor Moses suddenly announced his retirement from playing international football for the Super Eagles shortly after the FIFA world cup 2018 in Russia. In a statement made through the NFF second vice chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko, Victor Moses informed the NFF that he is retiring from playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria because of the new incoming Chelsea manager, Mauricio Sarri. Victor Moses said he wanted to focus exclusively on his club football and redeem his dying Chelsea career so as to hold down his place in the Chelsea first team and starting lineup.

Shehu Dikko further says that Victor Moses’ decision to retire has paved the way and opened up chances for other young Nigerian players to get a chance in the team.

Super Eagle’s coach Gernot Rohr give player updates

The Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has voiced out his satisfaction at the Super Eagles training exercise in Delta state, saying it was a “huge success”. Gernot Rohr says that the training camp affords the team medics and officials ample opportunity to properly access the fitness of each of the players.

Gernot Rohr assures journalists in an interview on Wednesday after the completion of the 4-day training camp at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta state that no player in the team is suffering from an injury. Rohr affirms that all the players are fit and super ready for the match between the Bafana Bafana of South Africa and the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday.

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa speak

Super Eagles of Nigeria captain and Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabi player, Ahmed Musa has said that his teammates are under no pressure as they finalize their preparations to face the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 qualifying match on Saturday in Johannesburg.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria only need just 1point to qualify for a place in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), so a draw against in the match the Bafana Bafana of South Africa is enough for the super eagles on Saturday.

 

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