The Super Eagles of Nigeria began their second phase of preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by training today in Ismailia, Egypt, eleven days to the kick off of the tournament.
The team, it’s technical and administrative officials landed in the city of Ismailia last night after coach Gernot Rohr dropped Kelechi Iheanacho and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi from the provisional 25-man list.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) allowed the Warriors of Zimbabwe with whom the Eagles played a 0-0 draw in a friendly on Saturday, fly together with the Nigerian contingent to Ismailia aboard a chartered MAX Air flight from Asaba. The aircraft refueled at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano before heading for Ismailia.
The three–time African champions are staying at the Hotel Mercure in Ismailia, where they will spend one week before heading to Alexandria – venue of their Group B matches during the championship.
On Sunday, 16th June, the Eagles will file out against Senegal’s Lions of Teranga (Africa’s number one–ranked team) in their final pre-AFCON friendly, in Ismailia.
Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1980, 1994 and 2013, and with a young and ambitious squad that already experienced highest-level competition steam at the FIFA World Cup, should be one of the teams to watch out in Egypt.