Super Eagles: 16 Players Present As Camp Grows, More Expected Ahead of Crucial Friendlies

Super Eagles: 16 Players Present As Camp Grows, More Expected Ahead of Crucial Friendlies

Robert Abong'o
March 20, 2024 at 12:31 PM
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  • Nigeria take on Ghana and Mali in international friendlies this month
  • 16 players are already present in the Super Eagles camp in Marrakech
  • More big players are expected to arrive for the AFCON 2023 finalists

In preparation for the much-anticipated friendlies against Ghana and Mali, the Super Eagles' Adam Park Hotel base in Marrakech, Morocco, is buzzing with activity as 16 players have already checked in.

The roster boasts a mix of talent, with notable names such as goalkeepers Stanley Nwabali and Ojo Olorunleke, as well as outfield players like Alex Iwobi and Ademola Lookman, leading the charge.

Moses Simon, Calvin Bassey, Alhassan Yusuf, and Cyriel Dessers are the other Nigeria stars who have already reported to the training camp, although more are still expected to join them.

Nigeria's Super Eagles in a previous training session. Photo: Franck Fife.
16 players have already reported to the Super Eagles training camp in Morocco. Photo: Franck Fife.
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As reported by Complete Sports, six more players are slated to join their Super Eagles comrades today, including critical figures such as Wilfred Ndidi, Frank Onyeka, and Kelechi Iheanacho.

The team's schedule is packed with action as they gear up to face the Black Stars this Friday, March 22, followed by a clash against the Eagles of Mali next Tuesday, March 26. Both matches will be played at the Grande Stade de Marrakech.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalists recently appointed former Ajax star, Finidi George, on an interim basis to take charge during the international break.

Finidi has stressed the significance of these games, underlining their role in shaping the team's direction after the work Jose Peseiro put in.

He has assured Nigerian fans of a commendable performance, pledging the Super Eagles would approach both matches with utmost seriousness.

We want to make [the fans] proud. AFCON is gone so these are two games that are crucial for Nigeria so we will take it seriously and get the best out of these games," he said, as reported by Punch Nigeria.

Amid the preparations, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has continued its quest to find a permanent manager following the departure of the Portuguese tactician in February.

Finidi remains one of the top contenders for the position.

Finidi, 5 others shortlisted for Super Eagles job

Sports Brief previously reported that the NFF has shortlisted six possible Nigeria coaches after receiving over 400 applications.

Former Cameroon coach, Antonio Conceicao, is reportedly among over 40 foreign coaches who have applied for the national job.

Emmanuel Amunike, Daniel Amokachi, Sunday Oliseh, and Sylvanus Okpala are among the local coaches said to have also applied.

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