Galatasaray of Turkey striker, Henry Onyekuru is expected to be the first player to land at the Super Eagles’ in Seychelles on Monday, as he wants to report early for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
After missing out on a slot for the World Cup due to injury, the former KAS Eupen and RSC Anderlecht of Belgium attacker aims to make an early difference on his recall to the Eagles.
Consequently, Onyekuru will be the first player to arrive at the Eagles’ base in Savoy Hotel Resort & Spa, Victoria, and would be followed by Enyimba of Aba goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
Onyekuru is scheduled to land on the Seychelles island of Mahe at 11am on Monday, after which Ezenwa will fall in two-and-half hours later, along with the assistant coaches and backroom staff.
Most of the plays in Gernot Rohr’s list of 24 invitees for Saturday’s game will arrive on Tuesday, with some expected before breakfast and others billed to show at lunchtime.
Rohr has included three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and seven forwards in his list for the crucial match, with four other players on standby.
The Eagles and Pirates clash at 10,000 capacity Stade Linite in a Group E encounter on Saturday, at 1.30pm Nigeria time, with both teams in need of the three points after losing their opening ties.
Libya top Group E following a 5-1 trouncing of Seychelles, who have since installed a new coach in Gavin Jeanne, while South Africa are second after they beat Nigeria 2-0 in Uyo.