The Super Eagles of Nigeria are in Paris to begin their second phase of camping ahead of the African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on June 10.
Iheanacho Back in Eagles Camp, Osimhen to Miss Togo Clash
Kelechi Iheanacho returned to Super Eagles training camp in Paris on Tuesday ahead of tomorrow’s international friendly with the Hawks of Togo in the French capital.
Although details of his impending move from Manchester City still remain hazy, the Etihad team is believed to be discussing terms with West Ham United with emphasis on a buy-back clause in the contract. The Hammers officially tabled 20million pounds bid for the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner.
Iheanacho has also kept details of his trip to Manchester to himself, refusing to disclose his next base with any of his teammates.
Super Eagles official twitter handle gleefully announced the return of Iheanacho to Paris yesterday afternoon. “@67Kelechi Iheanacho, who left our Paris camp last Saturday to clear up some personal matters, has since rejoined the team.”
The City forward scored a late equaliser for Eagles in the 1-1 draw against Corsica last Friday in Ajaccio.
But while Eagles handlers are celebrating the return of Iheanacho to camp, Nigeria’s other youngster Victor Osimhen was also expected to link up with the team last night ahead of Thursday’s clash with Togo in Paris.
The 18-year-old forward who was involved in Wolfsburg’s 1-0 Monday night defeat of Eintracht Braunschweig in the return leg of the Bundesliga qualification play-offs, was being expected to arrive the camp last night. Wolfsburg triumphed 2-0 on aggregate and retained their Bundesliga status for next season.
Camp sources said Osimhen was not likely going to be one of the 19 players to take part in the friendly against Togo.
Eagles official social media handle however announced that Osimhen will be in Paris with the national team but not as one of the players selected for the game.
“Wolfsburg of Germany teenage star Victor Osimhen is on his way to our camp in Paris,” the Super Eagles tweeted yesterday.
Austrian Wein striker Kayode Olanrewaju, Henry Onyekuru and Stephen Odey are the other three forwards in camp listed for the game.
“In camp for Togo friendly: Ezenwa, Alampasu, Ebuehi, Abdullahi, Echiejile, Olatunbosun, Ekong, Awaziem, Agbo, Agu, Etebo, Alhassan,” the Super Eagles tweeted on Tuesday via their verified handle.
“Iwobi, Musa, Olanrewaju, Onyekuru, Ndidi, Odey, Iheanacho. These players will prosecute the friendly vs Togo.”
Osimhen is yet to make an official appearance for the Super Eagles since he was called up by Gernot Rohr last year.
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