Super Eagles train in Tangier, ahead of Liberia clash

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Members of the Super Eagles had their first training session in the city of Tangier, Algeria on Tuesday as the team begins preparation for Saturday‘s  FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifying match against the Lone Star of Liberia in the city.

The Super Eagles had a gym session at the hotel in the morning and were scheduled to train in the evening at the Grand Stade de Tanger (also known as Stade Ibn Batouta), a 45,000 –capacity facility that was opened in April 2011. The match is being played in Algeria as the Confederation of African Football ruled that no stadia in Liberia is fit to host the qualifying matches and Liberia chose Algeria as an alternative.

Captain Ahmed Musa and 20 other invited players were already in camp as at lunchtime on Tuesday, with only forwards Victor Osimhen and Odion Jude Ighalo, and newly-invited goalkeeper John Noble, still being expected in the camp.

The Lone Stars are also in Tangier with three goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and five forwards.

Nigeria, which presently topped the group with nine points, needs all three points from the match against Liberia to brighten its chance of reaching the knockout phase of the World Cup qualifiers, set for March 2022. Only the group winners will proceed to the knockout phase that will be a home-and-away exercise to produce Africa’s five flagbearers in Qatar.

Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks, who host the Central African Republic in Mindelo on Saturday, have seven points and will be hoping to consolidate its qualification chance with a win. Super Eagles last group match is against Cape Verdes in Lagos on Tuesday next week..

 Super Eagles Squad

Goalkeepers: John Noble (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim, Germany)

Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

TNA Niyi-Akinmade

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