25 May 2018

Nigeria: Victor Moses Out of DR Congo Clash, Mikel Arrives Uyo

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Victor Moses.

Chelsea wing-back, Victor Moses, has been ruled out of Super Eagles friendly against DR Congo in Port Harcourt on Monday.

Moses is the only missing link in Gernot Rohr's 30-man provisional squad at the Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo following the arrival of team Captain, John Mikel Obi and John Ogu yesterday.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed yesterday on its Twitter handle that Moses would join up with the team in London for the pre-World Cup tune up clash with the Three Lions of England at the Wembley Stadium on June 2.

No reason was adduced for why the 27-year-old winger-back who won the English FA with Chelsea penultimate weekend is going to miss the clash with the Simba of DR Congo.

The team's Camp update ahead #2018FIFAWorldCup simply announced thus: "Captain @mikel_john_obi and @ogujohnugo have arrived in camp.@VictorMoses will join the team in London.#SoarSuperEagles."

Meanwhile, Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed yesterday that sports journalists will have the opportunity to meet with the head of the coaching crew, Gernot Rohr, and the players at 1.45pm today.

"Coach Gernot Rohr and the rest of the team are inviting members of the media to a parley at the Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort, Uyo at 1.45pm on Friday, May 25, 2018," a tweet on the official handle of the Super Eagles revealed.

Earlier yesterday, Eagles intensified their preparations with forwards like Odion Ighalo and Simeon Nwankwo the cynosure of eyes at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

The morning training featured the usual warm-up drills handled by Fitness Coach, Bernard Giles, who teamed up with Rohr early this year ahead of the World Cup. He is usually responsible for the fitness of players anywhere Rohr heads the coaching crew. Giles last duty post was at the Raja Casablanca in Morocco.

Goalkeeper Coach, Enrico Pionetti drilled Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho and Dele Ajiboye. One of the quartet is to miss the final list of 23-players for the Mundial.

Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Uche Agbo all showed exciting forms. Enyimba Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa conceded a goal from FC Crotone top man, Simeon Nwankwo.

Recuperating Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi continued his regimen of training alone. He showed good form that he may be fit for the Three Lions clash in London next weekend.

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