Galatasaray of Turkey striker, Henry Onyekuru, who scored twice for his club last weekend, was on Monday among the early arrivals at the Super Eagles' camp in Asaba, Delta State, alongside Leicester City attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victoria Setubal midfielder Mikel Ndubuisi Agu and Moses Simon of Levante.
The early birds make up the first batch of 23 players invited for Saturday's match at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
The Eagles will prosecute a friendly encounter against the Cranes of Uganda at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba three days later.
From the original list of invitees, Francis Odinaka Uzoho and Odion Jude Ighalo have dropped out with injuries, thereby giving room for late calls to Theophilus Afelokhai and Onyekuru respectively.
Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is keeping faith with the majority of the group that routed Libya's Mediterranean Knights last month, but ace midfielder, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi is barred from playing due to two yellow cards.
Victory on Saturday will send the Eagles to AFCON 2019 in Cameroon, with the second ticket down to a fierce call between Bafana and Libya's Knights.
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