By Toby Prince
In a total departure from the common trend of late arrivals synonymous with previous national team handlers, almost all the players invited for Saturday’s AFCON 2017 cracker against Tanzania have arrived camp.
Among the early arrivals was returnee striker, Emmanuel Emenike. The Al Ain of Dubai man was one of the five early birds to hit camp.
Also in by the early hours of Monday were former Dolphins attacker Emem Eduok, Kingsley Madu, Moses Simon and Rabiu Ibrahim.
Other players in camp before Monday dinner include Anthony Ujah, Leon Balogun, Ahmed Musa and Obiora Nwankwo.
All the players announced their arrival at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany enroute Abuja through the Instagram page of Werder Bremen striker, Anthony Ujah.
Solomon Kwambe, Chima Akas, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Usman Mohammed, Prince Aggrey and Austin Obaroakpo lead the home-based contingent in camp.
The team will fly out of Abuja at 3pm on Thursday.
Arrival at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam will be at 10pm (8pm Nigeria time) of the same day.
Nigeria’s delegation will be made up of 23 players, technical officials, a number of Members of NFF Executive Committee and Management, NFF Staff, some representatives of the media, football stakeholders and members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has stressed that only fit players will wear the green and white jersey against Tanzania.
“We will assess every player before the game and only fit players will be listed to represent Nigeria.” Oliseh told Completesportsnigeria.com.
Nigeria head into the game against Tanzania with three points garnered from the home win over Chad in June.