The Super Eagles have landed in Port Harcourt after a four-hours-and-forty minutes from the city of Dar es Salaam, following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with the Taifa Stars of Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.
The delegation, led by NFF President Amaju Pinnick, arrived in the oil city at exactly 2am on Sunday, and the Eagles have been quartered at the Hotel Presidential. On Tuesday, the Super Eagles tackle the Mena of Niger in an international friendly at the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium.
On a day that Mauritania trounced South Africa and Liberia defeated Tunisia, in some of the shock results in Cup of Nations qualifying race, the Super Eagles failed to break the resistance of the Taifa Stars, thereby earning only one point on the road. The situation in Group G will become clearer after the match between Le Sao of Chad and the Pharaohs of Egypt in N’djamena on Sunday.
Coach Sunday Oliseh gave new caps to goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who was truly impressive, as well as midfielders Izunna Uzochukwu and Sylvester Igboun and forward Emem Eduok.
Between them, the likes of defender Kingsley Madu, William Troost-Ekong, Obiora Nwankwo, Lukman Haruna, Anthony Ujah and Moses Simon can only talk of a few caps.
Captain Ahmed Musa, who only started out five years ago and has just about 51 caps, remains the most experienced player in the Super Eagles’ squad that drew on Saturday, alongside defender Kenneth Omeruo and forward Emmanuel Emenike.
“We came here with the objective of earning the three points, but that didn’t happen. It was my first match in charge of the team and I have learnt a few things which will definitely help us going forward,” Eagles’ Coach Oliseh said at the end of the game.
The Super Eagles’ next game in the series is at home to the Pharaohs of Egypt in March 2016.