Changchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo and Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia defender, Bryan Idowu on Wednesday completed the roll call of players invited to the Super Eagles’ camp for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya.
Footballlive.ng gathered that Ighalo was first to land between both, and quickly made himself available for evening training, while Idowu stepped in soon afterwards, just in time to also leave with the team to the pitch.
Idowu flew in to Abuja from Moscow before connecting a flight to the Akwa Ibom State capital on Wednesday morning, as he aims for his first Nigeria cap in a home game.
Idowu, who was an unused substitute in a friendly with DR Congo, which ended 1-1 in May, stepped in behind Ighalo ahead of the Eagles’ first line out on grass since the camp opened on Monday.
Ighalo flew in from Lagos and touched down at Akwa Ibom Airport around 1pm on Wednesday, as he ‘miraculously’ escaped a protest by airline workers in The Centre of Excellence.
The 29-year-old former Watford striker has been in brilliant form at Yatai since he returned to China after international duty with the Super Eagles at the 2018 World Cup.
Ighalo, who has often been pilloried for poor form with Nigeria, has hit 13 goals in 14 league matches for his club, and will now seek another with the Eagles, for whom he scored a penalty during the 3-0 win away to Seychelles in the last match of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.