Super Eagles dejected
Super Eagles

Nigeria now have full capacity in Singapore as they began training sessions on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Brazil.

Stoke City of England’s Oghenekaro Etebo is a late withdrawal from the roster, but all the other 21 players trained on Thursday morning and will train twice on Friday.

The official training session will take place on Saturday, with the match scheduled to kick off at 1 pm Nigeria time on Sunday.

Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has opted not to call any more players following the withdrawal of Etebo, and Wednesday’s withdrawal of defender Olaoluwa Aina as a result of the injury.

Rohr already replaced defender Kenneth Omeruo with Tyronne Ebuehi, while Efosa Solomon-Otabor joined the camp following France –based Samuel Kalu’s unavailability.

Solomon-Otabor and forward Peter Olayinka are coming into the Nigeria senior camp for the first time ever while Ebuehi returns for the first time since the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

Former junior international midfielder Ramon Azeez also makes a return, and defenders Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem, as well as midfielder Wilfred Ndidi are back after missing the 2-2 draw with Ukraine in Dnipro last month.

Game to final hold despite initial fears

The friendly game will now finally hold in spite of intial fears it might be called off after most of the Nigerian back room staff failed to have visas issued to them.

However, they finally secured their entry visas into Singapore on Wednesday for the game.

The officials duly departed Nigeria via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport aboard Emirates Airlines on Wednesday.

Among those who received visas and joined the team on Thursday are Dayo Enebi Achor (Team Administrator); Toyin Ibitoye (Media Officer); Dr. Ibrahim Gyaran (Team Doctor); Christopher Nnadozie (Physiotherapist) and; Chidi Ngoka (Equipment Manager).

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