2026 WCQ: Super Eagles Camp Bubbles As Final Batch of Players Arrive

2026 WCQ: Super Eagles Camp Bubbles As Final Batch of Players Arrive

Raphael Abiola
updated at November 14, 2023 at 2:22 PM
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  • Nigerian stars arrived in Uyo for their World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho
  • Jose Peseiro's side will be without some of their key players for the game
  • The game will be held at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Thursday

The Super Eagles camp in Uyo has taken shape as 11 more invited players arrive in the Akwa Ibom State capital ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Crocodiles of Lesotho.

Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, Taiwo Awoniyi, Ola Aina, Alex Iwobi, Calvin Bassey, Semi Ajayi, Joe Aribo, and Bright Osayi Samuel were welcomed by members of the state's Football Normalization Committee at the Victor Attah International Airport before heading to the team’s camp at Four Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene.

Taiwo Awoniyi and Moses Simon
Taiwo Awoniyi and Moses Simon arrive in Uyo, Akwa Ibom ahead of Lesotho clash.
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With the new arrivals, the number of players in camp has now increased to 23, including Bendel Insurance goalkeeper Amas Obasogie, who was drafted in to replace Maduka Okoye.

The Nigerian national team will have their first training session later today at the practice pitch of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

Taiwo Awoniyi
Taiwo Awoniyi spotted at the airport in Uyo.
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The World Cup qualifying encounter against Lesotho will take place at the stadium's main turf on Thursday at 5pm local time.

Ademola Lookman, Joe Aribo, and Alex Iwobi arrive in Uyo ahead of Nigeria's World Cup qualifier against Lesotho.
Ademola Lookman, Joe Aribo, and Alex Iwobi arrive in Uyo ahead of the Lesotho tie.
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Peseiro names Nigeria team for WCQ ties

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro naming his 23-man squad for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Among the players the Portuguese head coach has invited to the camp are goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, midfielder Alex Iwobi, and strikers Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi.

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa and Napoli stars, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze did not make the list for the West Africans as they are all recovering from injuries.

Peseiro explains why he accepted pay cut

Meanwhile, Sports Brief also reported on Peseiro explaining the NFF's pay cut and why he agreed to continue as boss until the next Africa Cup of Nations.

The Portuguese manager took up the helm at the Super Eagles in May 2021 and recently signed a new contract as manager, despite a cut in his wages.

Former FC Porto coach, Peseiro said he has to fulfil some of the clauses the Nigerian Football Federation included in the new contract he inked this year.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.