AC Milan winger Samuel Chukwueze and Chippa United goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali have joined the Super Eagles camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, according to The PUNCH.
With the arrival of Chukwueze and Nwabali, the number of players in camp has increased to 19. The Super Eagles are in Abu Dhabi for a one-week training camp until next Tuesday. They are expected to arrive in Lagos the same day and head to Abidjan on Wednesday, January 10.
The team began their preparations for the AFCON tournament, scheduled to take place from January 13 to February 11, with training starting on Wednesday evening. The camp is currently closed, and limited information will be provided until January 6, as the team intensifies preparations for a successful AFCON campaign, according to the team’s media officer, Babafemi Raji.
Players still expected in camp include William Troost-Ekong, Victor Osimhen, Francis Uzoho, Umar Sadiq, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Alhassan Yusuf.
As of now, the players in camp are goalkeepers Olorunleke Ojo and Stanley Nwabali, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Calvin Bassey, Semi Ajayi, Zaidu Sanusi, Bruno Onyemachi, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina, and Bright Osayi-Samuel. The midfielders in Abu Dhabi are Alex Iwobi, Frank Onyeka, Raphael Onyedika, and Joe Aribo, while the forwards include Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, Samuel Chukwueze, and Victor Boniface.
The Super Eagles are set to play two pre-tournament friendlies against Burkina Faso and Cape Verde ahead of the 2023 AFCON. Nigeria, winners of the AFCON in 1980, 1994, and 2013, aim to secure a fourth title in Ivory Coast. They are placed in Group A alongside the hosts, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. Nigeria’s first game is against Equatorial Guinea on January 14 at the Ebimpe Olympic Stadium, followed by matches against hosts Ivory Coast on January 18 and Guinea Bissau on January 22.