Ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier between Super Eagles and BafanaBafana of South Africa, team captain Ahmed Musa and 21 other Super Eagles players trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in AsabaDelta State, preparatory to the clash.
The Super Eagles by the training stepped into gear for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying battle against the BafanaBafana of South Africa in Johannesburg.
According to a statement by AdemolaOlajire, the Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), there were goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, TheophilusAfelokhai and IkechukwuEzenwa at the training. “At the training, we also had defenders OlaoluwaAina, AdeleyeAniyikaye, Semi Ajayi, Bryan Idowu, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and Jamilu Collins. “There were also midfielders OghenekaroEtebo, John Ogu, and MikelAgu, and forwards KelechiIheanacho, Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Isaac Success and Samuel Chukwueze.
It was learned that Nigeria needs just one point from Saturday’s encounter inside the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to be sure of a ticket.
On Match Day 1 of the qualifying series, South Africa won 2-0 with goals from TokeloRantie and Percy Tau right inside the GodswillAkpabio Stadium in Uyo.
However, the defeat, the first-ever loss to South Africa in a competitive match, stirred the formidable spirit in the Eagles.
They went on to sweep all before them to earn a 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket with a match to spare.
Also, since the 2019 AFCON qualifiers resumed in September, Nigeria has won all three matches to stand at the door of qualification with a match to spare.
Nigeria’s delegation to Saturday’s big match will depart the country aboard a chartered flight from the Benin City Airport on Thursday evening.