Obafemi Martins Arrive Super Eagles Camp Two Days Past Deadline
Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins has finally joined the Super Eagles training camp in Abuja ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Swaziland.
The NFF disclosed that the Eagles returnee reported to camp by 6.30 am Wednesday morning., and he’s the last of the 24 invited players to report to the Eagles squad that will travel to Swaziland for the Friday’s world cup qualifiers in Lobumba.
Other players that also reported to camp late are SS Lazio’s Onazi Ogenyiand Shehu Abdullahi, who play in Portugal.
The early arrivals are captain Ahmed Musa, goalkeepers Carl Ikeme, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Alampasu, defenders Efe Ambrose, Austin Oboroakpo, Chima Akas, Jamiu Alimi, Kalu Orji, Godfrey Oboabona, Wilfred Ndidi and Elderson Echiejile.
The midfielders are Paul Onobi, John Mikel Obi, Sylvester Igbonu and Rabiu Ibrahim, and forwards Odion Ighalo, Ezekiel Ba$$ey, Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon.
The strike embarked upon by workers of Lufthansa Airlines delayed the arrival of most of the players, as the Nigeria Football Federation had to quickly re-book players on British Airways.
Officials of the National Football a$$ociation of Swaziland confirmed to the NFF on Tuesday that landing permit for the chartered flight, which will fly the Nigeria delegation to Swaziland, has been secured.
The ARIK Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft is expected to depart from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 7am on Thursday, and will land at the Matsapha International Airport by 2pm same day.
Super Eagles’ players and officials will stay at The Sun Hotels, while the official training at the Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba has been set for 7pm on Thursday.
The match between the Super Eagles and the Sihlangu Somnikati will kick off at 7pm on Friday, 13th November, with Germain Koole of Benin Republic as the referee. He will be a$$isted by compatriots Bienvenu Dina, Sena Ulrich Houedin and Gustave Eugene Tohouegnon as a$$istant 1, a$$istant 2 and fourth official respectively.
Mohamed Bahou from Morocco will be the referee a$$essor with Zambian Joseph Nkole as match commissioner.
The Nigeria delegation will depart Swaziland immediately after the match and fly directly to Port Harcourt.
Both teams will clash in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, 17th November, with the winners going straight into the 20–team, mini-league phase beginning next year.