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AFCON qualifier: Victor Osimhen absent as 16 Eagles train in Edo

NEWSMAN – Super Eagles had their first training session in Benin in preparation for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Sierra Leone, out of the 23 invited players by coach Gernot Rohr 16 players took part in the training session.

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen however, was missing from the training, even though it was earlier confirmed he had arrived at the team’s camp.

The President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, had earlier confirmed Osimhen’s arrival, adding that he initially had some flight challenges.

“Osimhen called me two days ago complaining that an airline could not carry him because of XYZ… and asked if he could get another ticket and I said ‘we are going to get a ticket for you’ and I am happy he has arrived. So, you can see the commitment of the young players to this country,” he said.

However, Chidozie Awaziem, Kelechi Iheanacho and Emmanuel Dennis were among the latest set of arrivals in the Benin City camp of the Super Eagles.

Those already on ground include team captain Ahmed Musa, the England-based trio of William Troost-Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina.

Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun who both play for the Scottish side Rangers are also in.

Also In camp are goalkeepers Maduka Okoye, Sebastian Osigwe and Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was called up as a late replacement for Daniel Akpeyi.

The other players invited by coach Gernot Rohr and already in town are Kevin Akpoguma, Zaidu Sanusi, Tyronne Ebuehi, and Oghenekaro Etebo.

Etebo is returning to the team after missing the two friendly games against Tunisia and Algeria in October, PUNCH reported.

The Super Eagles take on the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City on Friday before heading to Freetown for the return game on Tuesday at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.

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