2021 AFCON Qualifiers: 18 Eagles intensify training for Benin, Lesotho


18 Super Eagles players will today intensify training at the Eko Hotel and Suites and Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos ahead of build-up to the remaining two 2021 AFCON qualifiers with Benin Republic and Lesotho billed for this Saturday and Tuesday next week.

The Eagles top the Group L table with eight points from four games and need at least three out of the available six points to sure of a ticket to the AFCON slated for Cameroon next year because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

But these qualifiers have been marred by withdrawals of some Nigerian players which has heightened pessimism regarding what would be the outcome of the tie knowing that the Eagles struggled when both Benin Republic Squirrels and the Eagles clashed in Uyo in November 2019 before managing to win the encounter 2-1 after being a goal behind before the comeck.

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr extended invitations to some home based players as a last resort should more foreign-based professionals pull out.

By and large 18 players have arrived at the Eko Hotel camp of the Eagles with no assurances if more will join up. They are Ahmed Musa, William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina, Ajayi, Henry Onyekuru, Oghenekaro Etebo, Adekunle Adeleke, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Anayo Iwuala, John Noble, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo, Tyrone Ebuehi, Maduka Okoye, Jamilu Collins, and Paul Onuachu.

“Update! 18 players now in camp. Musa, Troost-Ekong, Aina, Ajayi, Onyekuru, Etebor, Adeleke, Awaziem, Shehu, Iwuala, Noble, Iwobi, Balogun, Aribo, Ebuehi, Maduka, Collins, Onuachu,” the Super Eagles’ media officer, Babafemi Raji tweeted late last night.

He also informed that the Eagles will have a chat with the media by 11:30 am this morning and head for training later in the day.


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