Football crazy fans in Kaduna are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Super Eagles in the city, venue of Friday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Officials of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, informed yesterday that all arrangements have been made for the team’s comfortable stay in the Centre of Learning, as Kaduna State’s motto goes.
The NFF confirmed that the team would train this morning at the National Stadium, Abuja before heading out to Kaduna.
Arsenal prodigy Alex Iwobi was the first overseas –based player to arrive in the Super Eagles’ camp in Abuja, on Sunday, before Turkey –based Umar Aminu and Godfrey Oboabona, and John Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and Aaron Samuel.
England –based goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, defenders Efe Ambrose and Abdullahi Shehu, midfielders Kelechi Iheanacho and Azubuike Okechukwu and forwards Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Victor Moses and Fanendo Adi were being expected to land in Abuja on Monday night.
South Africa –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, defenders Stanley Amuzie and Elderson Echiejile and midfielder Ogenyi Onazi would arrive in Lagos on Monday night and travel to Abuja by first flight on Tuesday.
Germany –based defender Leon Balogun, who has hamstring trouble, is being programmed for the return leg in Alexandria on Tuesday next week.
In a related development, the Chief Coach of the Super Falcons, Florence Omagbemi has expressed joy at being handed the job, as well as the persons that have been appointed as her assistants.
There have been insinuations that her absence from the team was because she wanted to be named as the permanent coach and not the interim coach.
Omagbemi, a FIFA technical group analyst told “I am hearing this for the first time. It is like breaking news to me. I don’t know where the writer got the story from. I know that I was in touch with my other coaches and the Federation. They knew where I was; I took permission to be with the FIFA group.

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