By Bunmi Ogunyale
The duo of John Obi Mikel and Odion Jude Ighalo have arrived ahead of this weekend’s all-important Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo.
Competent camp sources hinted that Ighalo arrived Lagos on Thursday last week and would be jetting off to Uyo today (Monday).
Mikel, however was expected to arrive last night and would also connect Uyo for camping ahead of the tie.
Chelsea star, Victor Moses is also expected to team up with the rest of the team today.
Our source also revealed that the players are in high spirit for the tie and have assured to join camp on Monday.
“The players are taking this match very serious. They want to wrap up the qualification once and for all. So, all the grey areas have been taking care of and everyone is raring to go,” the source who preferred anonimity stated.
Nigeria leads Group B on 10 points while Zambia is second on seven points with Cameroun on three points while Algeria is stuck at the bottom with one point.
Meanwhile, Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi sealed victory for the North London side in their comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium.
Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi netted either side of half time as the Gunners registered their fourth league clean sheet in a row and equalled a club record of nine successive wins at home dating back until March.
Alexis Sanchez also tried his luck from distance, although Mathew Ryan was equal to his 30-yard strike, while Iwobi was guilty of placing the ball too close to the Australian goalkeeper from inside the penalty area.
After the restart, Arsenal took their time before getting back into their stride, but a second goal was inevitable and it soon arrived from Iwobi.
Sanchez was the creator, with his back-heel going straight into the path of Iwobi, who bided his time before finding the top corner from the right-hand side of the box.
Iwobi is expected to replicate the form when Nigeria host Zambia in the World Cup qualifier this weekend.