Five Super Eagles Players Reunite with Team in Uyo After Strike Delays

By Milcah Tanimu

Five of the eight Super Eagles players who were stranded in Lagos and Abuja due to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) nationwide strike have now joined the national team in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom state.

The Super Eagles have been training in Uyo since Sunday, June 2, 2024, in preparation for their crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa on June 7 and Benin Republic on June 10. Initially, the training commenced with only 15 out of the 23 invited players present.

The remaining eight players—Semi Ajayi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Calvin Bassey, Frank Onyeka, Paul Onuachu, Maduka Okoye, Alex Iwobi, and Ademola Lookman—were expected to join the team from Abuja and Lagos on Monday, June 3. However, the NLC strike, which disrupted domestic flights across the country, left them unable to travel until the strike was suspended on Tuesday amid ongoing negotiations between the labour union and the federal government.

On Tuesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) arranged for a jet to transport five of the stranded players to Uyo. Those who have now joined the training camp are Calvin Bassey, Semi Ajayi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Frank Onyeka, and Paul Onuachu.

The remaining three players—Ademola Lookman, Alex Iwobi, and Maduka Okoye—are expected to arrive at the Super Eagles camp before the end of today.

The Super Eagles will face South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7. Following this match, the team will travel to Abidjan to play against Benin Republic in another World Cup qualifier on June 10.


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