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Mikel, Ighalo help team win mini tournament as Eagles hit Kaliningrad


Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel (L) attends a training session with teammates at Essentuki Arena in southern Russia on June 14, 2018 ahead of Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

The Super Eagles held their final training session yesterday morning, before flying out to Kaliningrad, venue of their World Cup opener against Croatia.

According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the training session started at 1015 hours; fans and journalists were allowed to feast their eyes on the Super Eagles players for the first fifteen minutes of the workout.

They ended the session with a ‘monkey post’ mini-tournament, which was closed to the public and press.


The team wearing yellow bibs on top of their green training jerseys won the tournament, and it contained John Ogu, Kelechi Iheanacho, Odion Ighalo, Wilfred Ndidi, Obi Mikel, Chidozie Awaziem and Oghenekaro Etebo.

The Super Eagles departed their base camp in Essentuki at 1555 hours and the duration of the flight was three hours.

Nigeria and Croatia will do battle at  Kaliningrad Stadium (Kaliningrad) tomorrow evening, starting from 2000 hours.

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