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AFCON qualifier: Osimhen absent as 16 Eagles train in Edo

The Super Eagles on Tuesday in Benin had their first training session in the last leg of preparations for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Sierra Leone.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 16 of the 23 invited players took part in the training.

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen was, however, missing from the training, even though it was earlier confirmed he had arrived at the team’s camp.

The President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, had earlier on Tuesday confirmed Osimhen’s arrival, adding that he initially had some flight challenges.

“Osimhen called me two days ago complaining that an airline could not carry him because of XYZ.. and asked if he could get another ticket and I said ‘we are going to get a ticket for you’ and I am happy he has arrived.

“So, you can see the commitment of the young players to this country,” he said.

NAN reports that Chidozie Awaziem, Kelechi Iheanacho and Emmanuel Dennis were among the latest set of arrivals in the Benin City camp of the Super Eagles.

Those already on ground include team captain Ahmed Musa, the England-based trio of William Troost-Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina.

Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun who both play for the Scottish side Rangers are also in.

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