Nwabali, Iwobi Among Early Arrivals in Super Eagles Camp Ahead of Friendlies

Nwabali, Iwobi Among Early Arrivals in Super Eagles Camp Ahead of Friendlies

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 19, 2024 at 1:41 PM
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  • 11 players have arrived in the Super Eagles camp ahead of this month’s friendlies
  • Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali and Fulham’s Alex Iwobi are among the early birds
  • Nigeria will tackle rivals Ghana and Mali in two friendly games in Morocco

Stanley Nwabali and Alex Iwobi are among the first players to arrive at the Super Eagles camp in Morocco ahead of the upcoming friendly games against Ghana and Mali.

The Nigeria Football Federation have confirmed that at least 11 players are currently in the team’s camp which was declared open on Tuesday, March 19 for the international window.

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Stanley Nwabali has arrived at Nigeria's camp for the upcoming friendly games against Ghana and Mali. Photo by Visionhaus.
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According to Complete Sports, forwards Sadiq Umar and Moses Simon, defenders Jamilu Collins and Bruno Onyemaechi are among the early arrivals in camp alongside Calvin Bassey.

Rangers forward Cyriel Dessers, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, and Bayer Leverkusen wingback Nathan Tella are joined in the team with the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations silver medalist Semi Ajayi.

Nigeria will trade tackles with the Black Stars of Ghana in their first friendly at the Grand Stade de Marrakech on Friday, March 22, before squaring up against the Eagles of Mali four days later at the same venue.

Finidi shortlisted for Nigeria job

Meanwhile, Finidi George has been shortlisted by the NFF as one of six candidates being considered for the vacant Super Eagles job following the departure of Jose Peseiro last month, Naija News reports.

The current Enyimba coach is among 40 managers who have applied for the vacant position as the NFF’s technical committee seeks to name a new coach for the national team after the March international window.

Finidi is expected to take temporary charge of the Super Eagles for their friendly games against Ghana and Mali later this month before the new coach is named.

Osimhen ruled out of friendly

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has pulled out of Nigeria’s friendly matches against Ghana and Mali due to injury.

The 25-year-old forward had an inflammation of the scar from an old injury and could be out for a couple of weeks, forcing him not to join the rest of the Nigeria squad for the friendly games.

Luton Town defender Gabriel Osho and Empoli star Tyronne Ebuehi have also pulled out of both games owing to injuries.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..