President Muhammadu Buhari will officially send the Super Eagles off to this year’s World Cup on May 29th, as the players and crew are expected to meet the nation’s number one citizen at Aso Villa in Abuja.
Though the initial plan had been for President Buhari to give the Eagles his farewell during the May 28th international friendly against DR Congo, the inability of the sports ministry to stage the match in Abuja now means the team will travel to the federal capital 24 hours later, as part of this year’s Democracy Day celebrations.
Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye disclosed this Thursday morning on Star 101.5FM magazine show, Megasports, during which he also disclosed that the team will travel out to England few hours after the meeting with the president.
The Eagles will fly out to London for their high-profile friendly against England on June 2 at Wembley Stadium, and Rohr is expected to announce his final 23-man squad on June 4.
Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr said he and the players will be happy to meet President Buhari, after they open the World Cup final selection training camp on May 22 and the 30-players invited are expected to be in camp.
Rohr further explained that Nigeria will depart for Russia on June 11, five days before their opening Group D match against Croatia.
“NFF have made provision for seamless logistics for the team all support officials including the assistant technical handlers and we would all be meeting with the Mr. President for his words for the national team,” Rohr said.