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Super Eagles Players Arrive Camp For The Friendlies Against Mali And Ghana

Ten players have reported to the Super Eagles camp in Marrakech, Morocco, ahead of the international friendly matches against the Black Stars of Ghana and the Eagles of Mali.

The three-time African champions have started preparation in earnest ahead of the double header friendly matches against their West African neighbours Ghana and Mali.

This was verified earlier on Tuesday on the Super Eagles of Nigeria’s official X (Twitter) handle, where it was announced that the team’s first practice under new head coach Finidi George will take place at 4:30 pm today.

As of press time, the players in camp were Cyriel Dessers, who is based in the UK; the Rangers attacker, who is back in the squad after missing the recently finished AFCON in Ivory Coast; the Fulham combo of Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi; and West Bromwich Albion’s Semi Ajayi.

Other players include Moses Simon, Nathan Tella, who is presently enjoying a stellar run with Bayer Leverkusen as they have yet to lose this season, Jamilu Collins, Bruno Onyemaechi, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, and Stanley Nwabali of Chippa United. It’s anticipated that more players will arrive at the Super Eagles camp today.

African Footballer of the Year Victor Osimhen, will not participate in the upcoming friendly matches because of an injury that his team announced on Monday. He missed Napoli’s match against league leaders Inter Milan last weekend due to a muscle strain.

Tyrone Ebuehi, a defender based in Italy, will also not play in the friendlies as his Empoli team announced that he will be sidelined for the whole of the season due to a recent injury.

Ademola Lookman, Sadiq Umar, Taiwo Awiniyi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Frank Onyeka, Wilfred Ndidi, Alhassan Yusuf, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Francis Uzoho, Olorunleke Ojo, Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, and Benjamin Tianimu are among the players expected in camp.

The two exhibition matches are scheduled for March 22 and 26, respectively. It will be utilized to fine-tune the team ahead of the June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa, where the Nigerian Super Eagles are looking to rebound from two draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.