Ighalo, Mikel early arrivals in Super Eagles camp


Ahead of next September’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in Uyo, Super Eagles players have begun arriving camp Naijafootballplus.com can report.

China based forward Odion Ighalo is the early bird in the Super Eagles camp in Abuja while team captain John Mikel Obi is expected to arrive tomorrow (Saturday).

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr this week hinted that the China based players are expected in Nigeria this weekend due to the fact that the Chinese league is on break.

Super Eagles media director Toyin Ibitoye confirmed the arrival of the Changchun Yatai forward on Friday.

“Ighalo has arrived in the team’s camp and the captain Mikel will arrive tomorrow (Saturday). We are expecting more players latest Sunday night and hopefully training will start on Monday evening,” said Ibitoye to Naijafootballplus.com.

The former Watford striker who is making a return to the National team after missing the South Africa game said he is not under any pressure to deliver.

“I am not under any pressure, why will I be under pressure to represent my country? I am not under any form of pressure. Gernot Rohr is the coach of the team, he will only start 11 players on the matchday while some players will be on the bench.

“If I deserve to start the game and the coach call on me, I understand I have a task to deliver and I will do everything to deliver. If I’m starting on the bench, I will still deliver. Football is a game, you have to be relaxed, when you are under pressure you will lose focus,” Ighalo told Galaxy TV.

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