Birmingham City striker Obafemi Martins has told Nigeria team officials he will join the Super Eagles training camp in Abuja on Monday ahead of a 2012 Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.
There are reports that Martins is injured, but Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, said he is unaware of this.
It was also learnt that Israel-based goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Dele Aiyenugba will also arrive same day.
This is contrary to some local media reports that the players are involved in games in Israel on Wednesday.
Obafemi Martins confirms Eagles arrivalEagles surprise call-up Efe Ambrose, who is also based in Israel, is expected to fly in with the goalkeepers.
Nigeria will host Ethiopia in a Group B Nations Cup qualifier on Sunday, March 27.
Officials are also trying to arrange a friendly match for the team on Wednesday, March 30, also in Abuja.
“Nothing has been confirmed yet and we are still talking to the various countries,” Mohammed Sanusi, NFF head of competition told MTN football.
NFF denies Zambia
The Nigeria Football Federation has said there was no truth in reports that the Super Eagles will be playing the Chipolopolos of Zambia on March 29 which is a FIFA free day.
The acting secretary general of the NFF, Musa Ahmadu was not forthcoming when we sought information on the issue. After initial hesitation, Ahmadu expressed displeasure at the manner media men go to press with unverified reports that tend to put the football house in bad light.
When he agreed to talk, he told our correspondent that although there were plans to see the national team in action on that day, he was not yet certain on their likely opponents would be.
“I don’t want to say anything on that when I have not yet sealed the arrangement. We are working on something, it is still premature for me to tell you who the Eagles’ opponents will be on that day,” Ahmadu said.
He would not be drawn into revealing the options the NFF was working on but assured that once an agreement is sealed with any country, it will be made public. “It is only then that I can talk about a friendly for the Eagles on that day,” Amedu said.