The mood at the Super Eagles camp at Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw dampened on Tuesday when it became likely that their captain, Mikel Obi may miss the clash against Poland.
It is understood that the former Chelsea player is stuck in China, where he is fighting to secure a new work permit to be able to continue playing for his new club, Tianjin Teda.
This was disclosed by the administrator of the team Dayo Enebi.
“We all had been hoping that the renewal would come in good time for him to fly to Poland. As it is now, it is not likely that he would make the trip,” Enebi said.
The NFF has also ruled out injured Las Palmas midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo from the match, along with Zamalek winger Junior Ajayi, who was said to be unable to secure a visa to enter Poland.
But the players would be in London for Tuesday’s clash against Serbia at The Hive, Canons Park, he said.
Nevertheless, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr would be pleased with the turn out for training today (Wednesday) as most of the players he invited for the friendly have arrived as at Tuesday night.
The Wroclaw camp opened on Monday with Bursaspor defender William Ekong, Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi, Hull City defender Ola Aina, Ado Den Haag right-back Tyronne Ebuehi, utility Amkar Perm player Brian Idowu and Mainz 05 centre-back Leon Balogun being the first players to trun up.
However on Tuesday, Torino midfielder Joel Obi, Victor Moses (Chelsea) Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, China-based striker Odion Ighalo, CSKA Moscow’s Ahmed Musa and Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho joined their teammates.
Other players, who are in camp are Israel-based midfielder John Ogu, Turkey-based Ogenyi Onazi, Standard Liege’s Uche Agbo, Gent’s Moses Simon, Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Stephen Eze, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awazien.
The Nigeria Football Federation said on Tuesday that Enyimba keeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and his South Africa-based rival, Daniel Akpeyi are being expected on Wednesday.
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