President Muhammadu Buhari has given players, coach and officials of the Super Eagles send forth handshakes and words of encouragement for a glorious outing at the World Cup.
President Buhari gave the Eagles his warm farewell pump in the palms on Wednesday, during a courtesy visit to him at Aso Villa, Abuja, where he bid them farewell and charged them to do Nigeria proud next month in Russia.
The Eagles’ delegation to the Presidential Villa was led by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick and German tactician Gernot Rohr, in a courtesy visit to Buhari and the vice president, Professor Yemi Osibanjo.
Buhari used the meeting on Wednesday to wish the Eagles well on their way to the sixth appearance at football’s biggest showpiece.
The meeting came few hours before the Eagles were due to fly to London for a pre-World Cup friendly against England’s Three Lions at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.
The game in London will come before their final international friendly against the Czech Republic at Rudolf Tonn Stadium in Vienna, Austria next Wednesday.
Afterwards, Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr trimmed his 30-man provisional World Cup squad after dropping four players from the team’s travelling party to the United Kingdom for Saturday’s international friendly clash against England.
An official update of the camp situation by the NFF reveals that Uche Agbo, Dele Ajiboye, Stephen Eze and Junior Lokosa have all failed to make Rohr’s list for the Wembley showdown.
Moses Simon who was last week declared unfit for the World Cup will also be on the plane as a further scan on the extent of his injury will be carried out in London.
“24 @NGSuperEagles players heading to London for the friendly against @England. Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, William Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi.
“Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel John Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Mikel Agu, Joel Obi, John Ogu, Odion Ighalo, Simeon Nwankwo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa.”