Stoke City midfielder, Oghenekharo Etebo, Spain-based centre-back Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu and Samuel Chukwueze are expected to hit the Super Eagles camp in Asaba for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg.
While eight players were already in camp including Chippa United of South Africa goalkeeper, Akpeyi who moved ahead to the camp on Monday, a source revealed that Etebo sent word ahead that he was delayed till Tuesday.
Akpeyi, who captained Chippa United in their last outing in the PSL against Kaizer Chiefs, will hope to make the use of Francis Odinaka Uzoho absence due to injury to start for Nigeria in the country where he plies his trade.
The 32-year-old is the most active of the three goalkeepers in the 23-man squad, having started and completed all the ten matches contested by Chippa United in the league this season.
Omeruo, who is on loan at CD Leganes from Chelsea, posted a picture of the trio on transit at the Frankfurt Airport on his instagram page with a short text on Monday morning, “Good to meet my guys on transit.. #Nationalteam #o#omeruo #supereagles chukwuezesamuel8 @idovubryan @ Frankfurt Airport,” Omeruo stated.
Omeruo was in action for Leganes in their 0-0 draw with Girona on Saturday, while Bryan Idowu was not listed in Locomotiv Moscow’s 0-0 away draw against Rubin Kazan on Sunday.
Chukwueze, who was called up for the first time by Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, scored his first LaLiga goal for Villarreal in the Yellow Submarines’ 2-2 away draw at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday night.
The Super Eagles are expected to hold their first training session ahead of Saturday’s game on Tuesday.
Twenty-three players have been called up by Rohr for the encounter billed for the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
The duo Francis Uzoho and Odion Ighalo have pulled put due to injuries and have been replaced by Theophilus Afelokhai and Henry Onyekuru respectively.
Nigeria top Group E of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with nine points, one more than Bafana Bafana who sit in second position with eight points. Libya occupy third position with four points, while Seychelles, with one point, are at the bottom of the table.