The Super Eagles of Nigeria have begun preparations for their two Afcon qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho.
The squad is now complete following the arrival of Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho. The 24-year-old jetted in on Wednesday after being delayed due to Covid19 regulations in England where he was required to produce a negative test result before leaving the country.
Iheanacho has been in great form for the ‘Foxes’ in the Premier League. He recently sent Leicester to their first FA Cup semi-final in decades after netting a brace in Sunday’s quarter-final triumph against Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.
Alex Iwobi, Victor Osimhen, Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun and Samuel Chukwueze have all checked in as the Super Eagles look to soar past Benin on Saturday to secure a ticket to Cameroon next year.
Nigeria currently top Group L with eight points from four games. Benin Republic sit in second place with seven points while Sierra Leone and Lesotho are in third and fourth place with five and three points respectively.
Nigerian fans were not happy with the team’s performance last year as they let a 4-0 lead slip and drew 4-4 at home against Sierra Leone before drawing 0-0 with the same opponent away from home.
On form KRC Genk striker Paul Onuachu has been drafted in to replace FC Nantes winger Moses Simon who had to be withdrawn from the team after French Ligue 1 teams decided against releasing their players to honour call-ups from countries outside the European Union.
Another notable change has seen Galatasaray forward Henry Onyekuru to take the place of Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu, who sustained an injury last weekend and had to be withdrawn from the team.
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By Prince Sobayeni