Zimbabwe’s Warriors arrive for Eagles friendly today
A 26–man delegation of Zimbabwe’s senior national team, known as Warriors, will land in Nigeria this night aboard a South African Airways flight, ahead of Saturday’s pre-AFCON sendforth international friendly with the Super Eagles.
According to Thenff.com, the Zimbabwe delegation will spend this night in Lagos, and fly to Asaba on tomorrow morning. On Friday evening, the Warriors will hold their official training session at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of Saturday’s encounter that begins at 6.00 p.m.
Zimbabwe will campaign in Group A of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt from June 21 to July 19, alongside host nation Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Nigeria is the seeded team in Group B that also has Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.
The Warriors will actually kick off the tournament against hosts Egypt at the Cairo Stadium on the night of June 21. Meanwhile, three–time champions, Nigeria have fully settled down in Asaba for the match, which is the first of their two remaining games leading up to the AFCON. Their last match is against Africa’s number one–ranked team, Senegal in Ismailia on Sunday, June 16.
Of the 25 players invited by Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr for the final phase of the preparations, only defender William Ekong is expected to arrive today.
Defender Abdullahi Shehu and forwards Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi arrived in the team’s Golden Tulip Hotel just before lunch yesterday, while forward Odion Ighalo, top scorer in the entire qualifying campaign, was expected last night.
After Saturday’s game, the Nigerian contingent will fly to Egypt on Sunday aboard a chartered aircraft, for another week of intensive strategy and tactics perfection.The NFF must submit the final list of 23 Super Eagles players to the Confederation of African Football by June 11.
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