Eagles change plans, fly to South Africa from Asaba

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The Super Eagles flew out to Johannesburg directly from Asaba on Thursday, not through Benin City, as earlier planned, for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

Gernot Rohr’s men were earlier scheduled to travel to Johannesburg for the game from the Benin City airport.

But the players and their officials flew out of the Asaba airport to Johannesburg at 5pm Nigerian time on Thursday.

The Eagles had their last training session at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, on Thursday morning ahead of their departure in the evening.

The training was behind closed doors with Rohr not willing to give out any hints of his team’s plans for the game.

The Eagles will have a feel of the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday afternoon.

They will travel back to the country on Saturday and commence preparations for next Tuesday’s friendly encounter against the Cranes of Uganda at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.

The three-time African champions are motivated to pick the three points at stake.

Nigeria currently top Group E with nine points from four games, and need just three more points to guarantee their qualification to the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon.

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