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Flight delays Eagles in Lagos, as training begins today

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The NFF has assured Nigerians that the Super Eagles will get a substantive coach on time for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The NFF has assured Nigerians that the Super Eagles will get a substantive coach on time for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Super Eagles players, who arrived in Lagos yesterday, were held in the former federal capital city because they could not get connecting flights to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The delay ensured that the team did not commence training at the Nest of Champions last night as earlier planned, but they will now begin their preparation for the African Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania today.

Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, told The Guardian yesterday that safe for the delay in movement to Uyo, all logistics needed for the team’s preparations had been provided by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).He said the short delay would not affect the team’s preparations for the Tanzania tie and other arrangements ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

“Some players that arrived in Lagos today could not make it to Uyo early enough because of the flight delay. No reasons were given by the airline authorities for the delay, but I believe by Tuesday all invited players will have their first walk out at the Nest of Champions,” he said.

The Guardian gathered that Brown Ideye, Musa Mohammed and Imoh Ezekiel are among the few foreign-based players already in Uyo for the tie.They are joined by Kano Pillars defender, Jamiu Alimi, Rangers goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel and youngster, Victor Osimhen.

Chief Coach, Salisu Yusuf, and his assistant, Imama Amapakabo, are also in the Akwa Ibom capital city, where the match will be played.Meanwhile the NFF has promised to give the Eagles all the necessary support to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

NFF Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi, told The Guardian that the body would give the Eagles new coach, Gernot Rohr, the full backing to raise a solid team for the qualifiers, saying that Nigerians should not nurse any fear on the Eagles.


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