Members of the national senior football team, Super Eagles, have started trooping into the Federal Capital, Abuja, for Sundayâ€™s crucial 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.
Already entrenched in the teamâ€™s NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja abode as at yesterday noon was striker John Utaka, of English Premiership side Portsmouth. Expected at the camp last night were goalkeeper Austin Ejide, defenders Olubayo Adefemi, Ayodele Adeleye, Elderson Echiejile and Apam Onyekachi, as well as midfielders Oluwaseyi Olofinjana and Sani Kaita.
There will be training this morning on the turf of the National Stadium, Abuja, even as the camp will swell with the expected arrival of goalkeeper Bamidele Aiyenugba, defenders Yusuf Mohammed, Obinna Nwaneri and Taye Taiwo, midfielders Mikel Obi, Kalu Uche and Nwankwo Kanu and forwards Michael Eneramo and Obinna Nsofor.
Other invited players are goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defender Joseph Yobo, midfielders Olufemi Ajilore and Osaze Odemwingie and forwards Chinedu Obasi and Ikechukwu Uche, also expected to arrive byÂ afternoon.
Head Coach Amodu Shaibu has slated morning and evening training sessions for tomorrow, expecting that all his troops would have come to town.
The Carthage Eaglesâ€™ contingent is being expected in town on Friday, while the match officials from the Republic of South Africa will storm Abuja on Thursday.
Nigeria and Tunisia have played against each other 16 times since their first clash in 1961. Seven of those matches have been World Cup qualifiers, with the Tunisians winning three, Nigeria winning two and two have been drawn.