NLC Strike Delays Iwobi, Onyeka, Ajayi, and 5 Others from Joining Super Eagles in Uyo

In Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the Super Eagles are intensifying their preparations for the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifying match against South Africa. Under the guidance of Manager Finidi George, fifteen players engaged in a rigorous training session at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium’s training pitch on Monday morning.

During the two-hour workout, the focus was on fitness drills, shooting practice, and tactical exercises. However, Finidi is still awaiting the arrival of eight key players: Maduka Okoye, Semi Ajayi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Calvin Bassey, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Ademola Lookman, and Paul Onuachu.

Although these players are already in the country, they are unable to join their international teammates in Uyo due to the ongoing strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress, which has disrupted domestic flights.

In light of the circumstances, there will be no further training on Monday evening. Instead, the players will focus on rest and recovery.

Preparations for the double-header against Bafana Bafana and Benin Republic began over the weekend, with several players participating in Monday’s workout. Notable participants included Chidozie Awaziem, Alhassan Yusuf, Ibrahim Olawoyin, Kenneth Igboke, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Terem Moffi, Stanely Nwabali, Ismaila Sadiq, Ojo Olorunleke, Benjamin Tanimu, Victor Boniface, and Raphael Onyedika.