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Eagles arrive in London, train for Italy

18 November 2013, 10:37

London - The Super Eagles arrived London on Sunday evening and were due for a light training session on Monday morning ahead of the international friendly against Italy.

Nigeria take on Italy on Monday evening after beating Ethiopia 2-0 on Saturday to qualify for the 2014 World Cup on a 4-1 aggregate score.

The match is scheduled for Craven Cottage, the home ground of Premier League side, Fulham.

After thumping Ethiopia 2-0 in Calabar on Saturday evening to become Africa’s first qualifier for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, the team departed from Calabar on Sunday morning via an Arik Air plane to Lagos. From Lagos, players and officials joined a Virgin Atlantic flight for the six hour trip to London.

The team arrived at London Heathrow Airport and was promptly checked into the Hilton Hotel in Cobham by organisers of the friendly, Media officier Ben Alaiya said in a statement.

The team however could not train because of the cold weather and had to shift training to Monday morning ahead of the game in the evening.

The players, led by skipper Vincent Enyeama, expressed confidence that they will give a good account of themselves in the encounter.

Striker Victor Obinna Nsofor was unfortunately ruled out of the encounter due to the injury he copped in the game against Ethiopia, though he is in London with the team.

A scan will bedone on Monday by team medics to determine the extent of the injury. Nsofor said he hopes to bounce back to action in a quick time and regretted missing the friendly against Italy.

“I would really love to have play this game but there is nothing I can do now because of the injury”, he said.


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