AFCON: Skipper Ahmed Musa arrives camp as team awaits 14 players | Dailytrust

AFCON: Skipper Ahmed Musa arrives camp as team awaits 14 players

FILE PHOTO: Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring Nigeria’s opening goal against Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
FILE PHOTO: Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring Nigeria’s opening goal against Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

The Captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Ahmed Musa, has arrived at the team’s camp in Abuja on Monday to increase the number of players in camp to 14.

The Super Eagles are perfecting their tactics ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) taking place in Cameroon from the 9th of January, 2022.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had announced on Sunday morning that the number of players in camp was 12 but Maduka Okoye of Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands arrived later in the day.

And with the team captain’s arrival on Monday, the team is now awaiting 14 more players ahead of its departure to Cameroon on the 5th of January, 2022.

Daily Trust had reported on Sunday that the delay in players arrival to camp may affect the preparation of the team for the championship.

However, the NFF Media Officer, Ayo Ibidapo, said there is a challenge with the release of players.

While disclosing that there is no deadline for players to arrive, he expressed optimism they will be in camp before the team’s departure to Cameroon.

“There is an understanding between clubs in Europe and CAF [Confederation of Africa Football] to have players released from 3rd of January.

“We should have a full complement of the players before they leave for Cameroon,” Mr Ibidapo added.

The players in camp now are Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey), Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal), Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France), Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus), Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos, Greece), Peter Olayinka (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic), Chidozie Awaziem (Alayanspor, Turkey), Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain), Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), John Noble (Enyimba FC), Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany).

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