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Omeruo, Idowu, Chukwueze To Hit Super Eagles Camp Tuesday For Bafana Clash

Omeruo, Idowu, Chukwueze To Hit Super Eagles Camp Tuesday For Bafana Clash

By Adeboye Amosu:
The trio of Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu and Samuel Chukwueze are expected to hit the Super Eagles camp in Asaba for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Omeruo, who is on loan at Spanish club, CD Leganes from Chelsea posted a picture of the trio on transit at the Frankfurt Airport on his instagram page with a short text on Monday morning

“Good to meet my guys on transit.. #Nationalteam #o#omeruo #supereagles chukwuezesamuel8 @idovubryan @ Frankfurt Airport,” Omeruo stated.

Omeruo was in action for Leganes in their 0-0 draw with Girona on Saturday, while Bryan Idowu was not listed in Locomotiv Moscow’s 0-0 away draw against Rubin Kazan on Sunday.

Chukwueze who has been called up for the first time by Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr scored his first LaLiga goal for Villarreal in the Yellow Submarines’ 2-2 away draw at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday night.

The Super Eagles are expected to hold their first training session ahead of Saturday’s game on Tuesday.

23-players have been called up by Rohr for the encounter billed for the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

The duo of Francis Uzoho and Odion Ighalo have pulled put due to injuries and have been replaced by Theophilus Afelokhai and Henry Onyekuru respectively.

Nigeria top Group E of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with nine points, one more than Bafana Bafana who sit in second position with eight points. Libya occupy third position with four points, while Seychelles, with one point, are at the bottom.

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  • All South Africa players are fully in camp and our own players are still doing paparazy around.

    NFF, kindly ensure that our players land in SA on 15th for them to get use to the climate and regain their strength fully from long hours flight. Kindly recallect that SA is at different altitude.

    Poor preparation has always been our challenge. NFF should have wised up by now.

    • @Sesan, let’s not criticise players harshly or unfairly. Some of our players (Chukwueze included) had games just yesterday (Sunday evening) and they are already flying out getting from Spain to Germany for connecting flights the very next Monday  morning.

      Most of the South African squad are local players, 19 out of 23 play their football at home. Ours are coming from some o the biggest clubs around the globe. From Russia, Spain, Italy, England and have been playing in the Europa Champions league, The Europa Cup as well as their clubsides this week. Idowu, Onyekuru, Chukwueze, Iwobi, Troost, Kalu etc are headingfrom all corners of Europe and you don’t know what the flight schedules are.

      If any criticism is due, it is to the NFF for not organising a league that produces the best players Nigeria can produce or hold. But to criticise our players is too harsh especially those who played Sunday and gave alert that they are halfway to camp already less than 13 hours after their last match

  • @shesan and bigD…..our players are nt diligent at all…i jst pray that we win thats all

    • A player finished his match at approximately 9pm last night, by 10am they are connecting flights in Frankfurt (must have caught a flight from Spain as early as 7am the next morning) and you believe they are not diligent?

      Already Onyekuru, Mikel Agu, Ola Aina and Moses Simon have hit camp from Turkey, Italy, Portugal and France.

      I don’t get this negative vibe that people are bringing forward on this thread. I understand if people want to temper expectations with being humble, but this is just being too negative.

      The camp opens tomorrow, and by all indications at least 10 will have arrived by this evening (after matches yesterday oh) and most others will arrive by tomorrow. On time!


      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Later some people will accuse you of bullying…! Bcos i still dont understand d basis for these criticisms. Its not like these guys av got their own private jets to fly them straight from base to base. We all know how air travels to africa can be quite cantankerous. Look at a player like omeruo who plays in spain, just at the tip of africa here…but still has to fly into mainland europe to connect a flight to lagos. sometimes its best to rather speak bcos one has something to say…and not bcos one has to say something…! theres a world of difference btw the 2

        • @Dr Drey……that ur grammar…..bt jst knw that i ain’t critising anybody…jst dat we have to puntual…..so dnt get me wrong

          • Your comment us very unfair bro. If you are in their shoes how earlier would you arrive? It’s okay to criticize when necessary but this criticism is really uncalled for.

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            Sir GG. Apologies if u feel hurt….I actually wasnt referring to you or anyone in particular…it was just a soliloquy as a buttress to @BigD’s assertion.

        • Ashy Slashy 2 years ago

          Dr Drey, ironically, what you say applies to you as well.
          If you don’t like what you read from others, let me put it another way, if you feel that what some people have written doesn’t make, why don’t you just shut up rather than respond rudely.
          Is it by force that you have to respond?
          Who the hell made you the custodian of common sense?
          Like you said in one of your posts, if you don’t like what Dr Drey wrote, just skip his comments and move to someone else’s.
          Can you not kindly do the same to comments that don’t fit what constitutes common sense to you?

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            Hahahaha…which one pains you the most…? The fact that I simply stated the obvious, or the fact that your are a proud member of those category of people I was refering to…???

        • Let’s look at the journey that Sam Chukwueze has to make.

          Play match Sunday finish at 9pm. 
          Monday morning get to Valencia airport from Villarreal then fly to Frankfurt flight arrives at 11 am (2 hours 20 minutes)
          Connect flight to Lagos arrive at approx 6pm

          Asaba airport  cannot take flights after dark, neither can Benin airport. So the two options are:
          Drive to Asaba Monday night straight from airport arrive Asaba 12 midnight today or

          Sleep in Lagos and fly to Benin airport on the morning flight from Lagos and the hour or two drive to Asaba feeling fresh.

          We make unrealistic demands of players.

          Key problems are: 
          1. They have matches to play for their clubs
          2. Flight schedules: there is only one flight to Nigeria with any of the airlines and Lufthansa is one of the first to land
          3. Only Lagos and Abuja airports are equipped for flights to land in the dark 
          4. Local flight schedules will frustrate you with last minute cancellations and delays
          5. I would not expect anyone to take the dangerous journey by road from Lagos to Asaba at midnight
          6. The deadline for players to arrive is Tuesday and the players are in Nigeria waiting to continue their journey to Asaba. They are on time

          • Pls my brother,leave them or don’t try to argue with them. They don’t know anything about travelling

          • Very well spoken, Truth is many of these Nigerians commenting negatively here have never traveled outside Nigeria , so they do not know what the word Transit even means .

            They are easy to blame people for things they do not know , IS the SOUTHafrican team better than the Nigerian Home base team ? Even the southafricans sleep in the stadium , We would still beat them .

            The Super eagles under GERNOT ROHR is the best eagles i have watched in a long time , where players are only invited by MERITS and regular play for their respective club sides .

        • chris 2 years ago

          please sir is not not everyone that knows how air travels can be bcos some has never flown on a plane once
          so those kind of people speak out of total ignorance because i don’t see where the players has done wrong yet .

    • why would you even say this ? Almost all southafrican players play at home , so its easy for them to be available but our star studded side play around the world and most of them played games last weekend .Someone coming from spain on Transit how else do you expect him to get to Nigeria faster than Tuesday? Or should the player use witchcraft ? Nigerians and their problems always Complaining

  • Ten players have been confirmed as reported already to camp. This includes the three goalkeepers, Olamilekan, Ola Aina, Mikel Agu, Onyekuru, Simon, Ajayi and Jamilu Collins
    The other thirteen are reported to all be in either Lagos or Abuja’s and will arrive in the morning. Including Chukwueze, Omeruo and Bryan Idowu.

    No cause for alarm


  • so sad we would not have our goal keeper and an in form Ighalo for this game , it would be a huge loss , This was exactly why we lost the first leg , I pray we do not use Akpeyi in Goal again for this match , he cost us too much in the first leg .

  • no need of insult here @Ashly nd Dr Drey……let us calm down ok

  • no need of insult @Ashly And Dr Drey….lets calm down nd make sure we move on lyk brotherlys that we are

  • Ojemhen david 2 years ago

    No fear, the like of our players abroad and their form in their various club is a sign that the eagles are ready for the bafana of south africa and are ready to participate in the cup of nation and also carry the cup. there is no worried about our players not already in camp, the fact they are called they must honour it.