Eagles begin training in Austria for Algeria, Tunisia matches
The Super Eagles camp has opened in Vienna, Austria ahead of Nigeria’s friendly matches against Algeria and Tunisia on October 9 and 13 respectively.
The warm up games are expected to keep the Eagles in top shape for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for November.
The Nigeria Football Federation confirmed that the players were expected to start arriving in camp from Monday after representing their clubs in their league matches at the weekend.
The team crew from Nigeria made up of assistant coach Joseph Yobo and goalkeeper Alloy Agu left Nigeria for Austria on Saturday to join manager Gernot Rohr ahead of the players’ arrival.
An NFF official said, “Training will start on Tuesday once the coaches get enough number of players. Some of the invited players played league games for their clubs at the weekend, so the coaches will put that into consideration on the players’ arrival schedules. Every arrangement for the game is taken care of.”
On Sunday the NFF announced that Genk of Belgium striker, Paul Onuachu, would replace Victor Osimhen in the squad due to Covid-19 scare coming from Osimhen’s club, Napoli.
Reports from Italian Serie A confirmed that Napoli players, Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas, tested positive for Coronavirus after the Italian club’s 6-0 defeat of Genoa last week Sunday. As a result of the positive result, the entire Napoli squad, including Osimhen, will self-isolate for 14 days to guard against possible spread of the virus. Medical reports detailed that 14 Genoa players tested positive for the deadly virus after the Serie A game in which Osimhen played for 90 minutes