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Eagles ready to battle Colombia

The Eagles battle ready...

The Super Eagles will confront their Colombian counterparts today with a full squad, following the arrival of forward Brown Ideye from Nigeria and midfielder John Mikel Obi from Chelsea FC’s rehabilitation room in London.

Mikel arrived on Friday morning, hours after Ideye, who secured his UK visa at the British High Commission in Abuja on Thursday morning, flew into London aboard a British Airways flight from Lagos and took part in the team’s early afternoon (12:30pm) training session.

Ideye had been in Nigeria while the Eagles travelled to their pre-World Cup in Essex and also to Austria for the friendly international against Saudi Arabia during the week. His French Club, Sochaux did him a pass to enter the United Kingdom but only through Paris, but after the NFF bought him an Air France ticket, it was discovered that his work permit had expired and he needed an outright new visa to enter the United Kingdom.

That was secured on Thursday morning, and he flew to Lagos to join the British Airways flight from Lagos to London in the night.

Also, play-maker John Mikel Obi arrived the camp Friday morning after completing his rehabilitation exercises with medics of English double champions Chelsea.

Nigeria take on Colombia at the Milton Keynes Stadium on Sunday in the second of a three-match, tune-up programme ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

 However, due to the short frame time available to secure the match venue, following the failure of the match agent to fulfill contractual obligations to everyone involved, there would only be a few invited guests at the match, as tickets were not sold for the game.


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