Injury knocks David Obiozor, Ogbonnaya out of Eagles’ camp
• NFF ready for Tanzania game
Two home-based players, David Obiozor and Nelson Ogbonnaya of Heartland of Owerri, will play no part in Nigeria’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on September 5 owing to various degrees of injury, an official of the team has revealed.
Goalkeeper Obiozor and centre back, Ogbonnaya, were in the list of 23 home–based professionals invited by Oliseh, but the coach will now call up two others from the league to replace the injured duo.
“The players are nursing injuries and after thorough examination by the Super Eagles’ medics, it was agreed that it is best to allow them some time to rest and return to their clubs.
“Coach Oliseh will call up replacements for the duo very soon,” the official said.
Oliseh has also invited 18 overseas-based players for the game against Tanzania, which will take place at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Saturday, September 5.
As at Wednesday morning, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Solomon Kwambe, Chima Akas, Jamiu Alimi, Stephen Eze, Gbolahan Salami, Tunde Adeniji, Bright Ejike, Oghenekaro Etebo, Ifeanyi Matthew, Usman Mohammed, Lordson Ichull, Prince Aggrey and Bright Onyedikachi were in the Eagles’ camp.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that it has tidied up all arrangements surrounding the game.
Thenff.com revealed yesterday that the federation has concluded agreement with a leading Nigeria airline to fly the team into Dar es Salaam and back to Nigeria, with departure to be from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and the return set for the Port Harcourt International Airport.
NFF officials confirmed that the chartered aircraft will convey the delegation into Dar es Salaam on the eve of the match, as Tanzania is a high altitude zone.
The delegation will depart Dar es Salaam immediately after the match, and fly into Port Harcourt, where the Super Eagles have an international friendly against the Mena of Niger on Tuesday, September 8.
Arrangements for the hotel where the Super Eagles will stay in Dar es Salaam have also been finalized, according to NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.
Nigeria and Egypt have three points each from the Matchday 1 of the qualification series to be on top of Group G, though the Pharaohs have scored one more goal and are slightly ahead following their 3-0 defeat of Tanzania in Cairo.
On the same weekend, the Pharaohs will travel to Ndjamena to confront the Les Sao of Chad.