Sunday Aug 28, 2016. 15:04
Super Eagles skipper Mikel Obi is due to join the team’s training camp in Uyo on Tuesday ahead of an AFCON qualifier against Tanzania.
The AFCON clash is billed for Saturday afternoon inside the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo.
Mikel, fresh from leading the Nigeria to Olympic bronze in Brazil, is expected to arrive at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel on Tuesday, team officials disclosed.
Goalkeepers Emmanuel Daniel and Ikechukwu Ezenwa as well as Jamiu Alimi from the domestic league are expected in Uyo on Monday alongside a number of overseas –based professionals, including defenders Musa Mohammed, William Troost-Ekong and forward Odion Ighalo.
Team officials confirmed on Sunday that Franco-German Rohr, who keenly followed Nigeria’s campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics and travelled to Spain to see the country’s domestic stars in a couple of friendly matches against Spanish La Liga sides, will also be in Uyo on Monday.
Both the Super Eagles and Taifa Stars have little other than pride to battle for in Saturday’s game, as Egypt’s Pharaohs have already picked the lone ticket from the group to Gabon.
But the Eagles and their new coach Gernot Rohr will use the match as a rehearsal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Series Matchday 1 clash with Zambia in Ndola on 8th
The result at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium on Saturday will not count, but the outcome of the encounter at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola five weeks later will set the tone for the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifying campaign.