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Super Eagles arrives Mindelo ahead of World cup qualifiers clash with Cape Verde (video)

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FILE: Super Eagles players

The Super Eagles are due in Mindelo, Cape Verde today for their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The Eagles who leave the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Monday morning aboard new Nigeria Football Federation partners Air Peace arrived Mindelo about five hours ago, Akewusolaf.com confirmed.

The Eagles play Blue Sharks in their second World Cup qualifiers after seeing off Liberia in their opening match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Sunday.

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Kelechi Iheanacho was on target for both goals in the 22nd and 44th minutes.

While Nigeria had 5,000 fans for their game against Liberia, there will be no fans at the Municipal Adérito Sena Stadium, Mindelo.

Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr will be without the services of seven United Kingdom-based players, who pulled out of the tie due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The UK government requires individuals travelling to ‘red zones’ to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the country.

Cape Verde have been listed as one of the red zones by the UK.

To prevent this, the English Premier League had in a statement last month said they would not release their players for games in the ‘red zones.’

Players who will miss the Cape Verde tie for the Eagles are England-based Wilfred Ndidi, Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo, and William Troost-Ekong.

Glasgow Rangers duo Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun are also out of the tie.

In their place, Rohr called up seven extra players who are with the team in Cape Verde.

The PUNCH had reported on Sunday that Rohr expressed concerns over the absence of the seven players.

“Some players are leaving because they cannot travel to Cape Verde and it’s not going to be easy to build a new team in two days.

“We are going to play under two extreme conditions after playing on heavy grass due to the rain (at the Teslim Balogun Stadium) and then another game on a dry pitch (against Cape Verde). We are going to play with another defence, another midfield, and without the goal scorer (Iheanacho).

“It is a challenge for the staff and the players but we have to show our solidarity, and with the 20 players going to Cape Verde, we would be able to make a good team.

“We have to manage the situation without searching for alibis if it is not going well and that our team is able to bring about good performance even when we know it is going to be more difficult,” Rohr said.

PUNCH/Akewusolaf.com

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