W’Cup qualifier: Eagles arrive Cape Verde Monday


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

The Eagles will leave the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Monday morning aboard new Nigeria Football Federation partners Air Peace.

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 Friday.

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.

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