In Super Eagles’ camp for AFCON 2023 qualification war against Djurtus of Guinea Bissau
Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho are also among the early birds in camp
By Rasheed Adewuyi
Moses Simon, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho are among the early birds at the Super Eagles’ John Woods Hotel campsite as players begin to breeze into Abuja for the doubleheader Africa Nations cup qualifying games against Guinea Bissau’s Djurtus.
Simon, the FC Nantes of France attacker, arrived Abuja on Sunday with TSG Hoffenheim of Germany defender Kevin Akpoguma. Leicester City of England duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho also hit town same day.
Expectations are that the Nantes star Simon. would be pivotal to the Super Eagles snatching an early ticket to the 34th AFCON finals in Cote d’Ivoire early next year, at the culmination of the two games with the Djurtus.
Akpoguma, who captained Germany at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015 before committing to Nigeria a few years later, will be among the pillars of the Nigerian defense.
With six points from two matches, a win in the top-of-the-table clash will see the three-time champions coast to a possibly unassailable 12 points.
Sierra Leone could also claim six points from their dual games with Sao Tome and Principe, but could garner just seven points, with the Super Eagles still assured a home advantage against bottom-of-the-table Sao Tome and Principe, on the last matchday of the campaign.
The majority of the remaining 19 invited Super Eagles stars will fly into Abuja on Monday.