The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has barred anybody without genuine business with the Super Eagles from the team’s Eko Hotel camp.
Gernot Rohr and his men are camped in Eko Hotel ahead of the first of two Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying matches against the Central African Republic (CAR).
Nigeria will meet CAR in Lagos on Thursday and face the same team again on October 10 in Douala, Cameroun.
A Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) official, who pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian yesterday that the federation has directed that anybody without an official business in the Eagles’ camp should not be allowed near the venue.
He said, “We want to ensure the players are not distracted from their main mission in the camp.
“We know some people will want to see the players, but this is not the time for that. We are here for serious business.”
The team is expected to take their preparation to the Teslim Balogun Stadium today following the expected arrival of 16 more players last night.
Victory in both matches will give Nigeria an unassailable lead in Group C of the World Cup African qualifying series.
Meanwhile, the NFF is still awaiting CAF’s decision on the stipulated number of fans to be allowed in the stands to watch the Group C game “due to the existing COVID-19 protocol”.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago