Nigeria Full House As Okoye Arrives Super Eagles Camp

Super Eagles goalkeeper Maduka Okoye arrived late Wednesday night in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, for the important 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Benin Republic.

With Okoye’s arrival, new coach Finidi George now has a full 23-man team for the critical qualifiers against South Africa on Friday and Benin Republic on Monday.

Okoye was one of eight players trapped in Lagos and Abuja on Monday due to the Nigeria Labour Congress’ statewide strike, which grounded airline operations across the country.

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The industrial action put overall planning for the big match into disarray, forcing the Nigeria Football Federation to rely on chartered jets to transport the stranded players to the Akwa Ibom State capital.

While the others arrived in Uyo on Tuesday, Okoye was still expected, with the federation not providing an explanation for his delay in Abuja.

Eagles communications officer Promise Efoghe confirmed Okoye’s presence in Uyo via the team’s WhatsApp network, writing, “Update: Maduka Okoye has arrived at the Eagles nest.

“All 23 players are in camp. According to the NFF, the majority of the match officials have booked flights out of Abuja on Wednesday, with just referee assessor Ahmed Sayed Abou Elela from Egypt scheduled to arrive in Nigeria on Thursday.

Nigeria earned two points from their first two games in Group C and must win both to have a chance of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup finals in the United States and Canada.

Rwanda is the group’s surprise leader, with four points from two games, followed by South Africa with three points, one point ahead of Nigeria in third.

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