Super Eagles have arrived in London as they prepare to face the Three Lions of England in a friendly match billed for Wembley on Saturday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The contingent left Abuja on Wednesday after they were received at the Presidential Villa by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Team captain Mikel Obi was joined on the chartered flight to London on Wednesday afternoon by deputy skipper Ogenyi Onazi, defender Kenneth Omeruo, winger Ahmed Musa and 21 other players as the Eagles began the first phase of the journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. There will also be a stop-over in Austria for another match before they leave for Moscow.
Mikel, Onazi, Omeruo and Musa all represented Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, and alongside Chelsea FC wingback Victor Moses (who was also in Brazil and who will join the contingent in London) constitute the spine of a young squad to Russia.
Eagles will train at the Wembley Stadium, venue of Saturday’s clash with England, between 5pm and 6pm on Friday, after a pre-match press conference scheduled for the Stadium’s conference room at 4.15pm.
Saturday’s encounter, the third official match between two countries with considerable historical affinity, will start at 5.15pm.
On Wednesday the Nigeria Football Federation confirmed that forward Moses Simon, who was earlier ruled out of the finals due to injury, will undergo further medical checks in the United Kingdom to ascertain the seriousness of his injury.
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho; Daniel Akpeyi; Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu; Olaoluwa Aina; Tyronne Ebuehi; William Ekong; Leon Balogun; Chidozie Awaziem; Elderson Echiejile: Kenneth Omeruo; Bryan Idowu
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi; Mikel John Obi; Ogenyi Onazi; John Ogu; Mikel Agu; Oghenekaro Etebo; Joel Obi
Forwards: Odion Ighalo; Simeon Nwankwo; Alex Iwobi; Ahmed Musa; Kelechi Iheanacho. Moses Simon, Victor Moses (to join team in London)