Eagles set for a crack down with a full house
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Super Eagles now have a full house in Uyo following the arrival of Russian-based defender Bryan Idowu to the Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort yesterday afternoon. The Lokomotiv Moscow star flew in to Abuja from Moscow before connecting a flight to the Akwa Ibom State capital.
It would be his first cap for the Super Eagles in a home game if he gets some minutes against the Mediterranean Knights, bearing it in mind that he was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw with Democratic Republic of Congo in May.
Odion Ighalo also joined up with the rest of his Super Eagles teammates in camp yesterday afternoon ahead of Saturday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Group E match against Libya. The Changchun Yatai striker boarded an Air Peace flight in Lagos to Uyo late Wednesday morning.
Manager Gernot Rohr had a team meeting with all the twenty four players in camp before they headed to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium for their first workout on the grass. The players worked out in the gym on Tuesday evening and yesterday morning as part of their recovery sessions.
The game which corresponds to the third round of matches in Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier is the first competitive match between Nigeria and Libya.
Torino defender Ola Aina has put the onus on his team mates to show what they are made of in the double header 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers with Libya.
Aina declared this week that the Mediterranean Knights are favourites going into the games because of their first position on the log having accumulated four points, and the on loan Chelsea player has challenged his team mates to respond to the pressure they will face.
"For me these games takes precedence for us. We already know what coach Gernot Rohr wants and what it now needs is something to spice things up," he said. "We also know what the fans want from the team when we go out in the first of the two games in Uyo. This will be the best week for us to go for a walk in the city and feel what the people are talking about. We mustn't disappoint the fans."
Nigeria will host the first leg at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday 13th October with the return leg scheduled for the 18,000-capacity Stade Taïeb Mhiri in the city of Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday 16th October. The Nigerian team is currently third in the Group E with three points from two games.
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