Members of the national senior team, Super Eagles, began arriving in the country yesterday for Sundayâ€™s very important 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Mozambique at the National Stadium, Abuja.
This time, the Eagles make home at the Bolton White Apartments in the Zone 7 area of the Federal Capital Territory, as they aim to achieve total concentration for the big game against a side that forced them to a barren draw in the opening day of the final phase of qualifying in Maputo in March.
Sundayâ€™s match, and the three points therein, has become of utmost importance to the Eagles and the entire nation after the two â€“time African champions could only draw 2-2 with arch â€“rivals Tunisia in Abuja last month.
First in camp were newly â€“invited goalkeeper Bassey Akpan, who captains Eagles Team B, and new Heartland FC ace, Chibuzor Okonkwo.
Head Coach Shaibu Amodu has called 30 players for this crucial expedition, and the teamâ€™s first training will take place today’s evening at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Abuja.
Invited are Team Captain Nwankwo Kanu, goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama, Bamidele Aiyenugba and Akpan, defenders Joseph Yobo, Apam Onyekachi, Yusuf Mohammed, Olubayo Adefemi, Okonkwo, Taye Taiwo, Danny Shittu, Elderson Echiejile, Sam Sodje, James Okwosa, Obinna Nwaneri and Ayodele Adeleye, midfielders Sani Kaita, Kazeem Ayila Yusuf, Dickson Etuhu, Seyi Olofinjana and Olufemi Ajilore, and forwards Michael Eneramo, Obafemi Martins, Osaze Odemwingie, Joseph Akpala, Obinna Nsofor, Peter Utaka, Chinedu Obasi and Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
Sundayâ€™s match will start at 5pm. Nigeria currently lie second in Group 2 of the African series with six points, two behind the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.