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