Ahead of Nigeria’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier matches against Sierra Leone in Benin, on Friday, November 13, 2020, and on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the camp of the Super Eagles in Benin has been opened by the Nigeria Football Federation for the players who all ply their trade abroad to resume preparations. As at the time of this report, none of the players has come into camp yet, but coach Gernot Rohr expects a full house on Tuesday, November 10.
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Despite the fact that most of the players are being delayed due to travel restrictions because of COVID-19, team captain Ahmed Musa, who recently parted ways with Saudi club, Al Nassr, has arrived the country and is expected to be in camp earlier than others, alongside Maduka Okoye, Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu, and Oghenekaro Etebo.
Rohr who is also not in camp yet is expected to be in camp this evening and await the arrival of the entire team. The German tactician has stated the team’s ambition to win both games and believes that with the experience and quality in his side, they will defeat the Leone Stars in Benin and Freetown.
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‘I have 23 fit players before the weekend matches and the boys have the quality and experience to win both games, but that is if they give both games their best shot. We shall not underrate the Leone Stars as they are known, irrespective of the first leg result. We want to win both legs and that means the boys must take the games very seriously like they always do to boost our qualification for AFCON. I don’t know much about Sierra Leone, but we shall work with little we have about them.’
Meanwhile, injured midfielder, Frank Onyeka, has been replaced by Shehu Abdullahi. Nigeria aims to book their ticket to the AFCON with wins from both games after a six-point lead in Group L after the first two games.
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