Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that some Nigerian stars invited for the November 8 match against Sierra Leone are having travelling concerns.
Most of the players the German wants to utilize are expected from European nations, many of which are introducing new lockdown restrictions following fresh coronavirus outbreak across some parts of the continent.
But the Nigeria Football Federation has instructed the invited players to report for international duty latest Monday, November 9, at the Super Eagles' camp in Benin City.
And now that target date no longer seems feasible with as about fourteen Nigerian players are involved in club duties on Sunday, and Rohr is expected to show understanding to those who arrive camp late.
“The update today is that our 23 players are fit, there are some travelling problems because they cancelled one or two flights. As you know in Europe now there’s another lockdown in certain countries and it’s not easy to find the flights but our team manager is working on it with the travelling agency,” Rohr told the Super Eagles Media Team.
“I hope that all the twenty-three players will be here at least on Monday.
“Some of them are playing on Sunday, travelling on Monday to Abuja then to Lagos, they can only arrive on Tuesday, so really only two days of preparations.”
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Semi Ajayi, Alex Iwobi, William Troost-Ekong, Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze are among the players expected to report to camp in Benin City ahead of the Afcon qualifiers.
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