Following Tuesday’s exit of the Super Eagles from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, members of the team have been leaving their Essentuki Camp Base in Russia in trickles. The Director of Communications of Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, said instead of returning to Nigeria, the Super Eagles players have been returning to their respective bases one after the other, where they have since reunited with their families.
Players who have had their early exit from the camp include team captain Mike Obi, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho, Leon Balogun, Alex Iwobi, Kenneth Omeruo and Tyronne Ebuehi.
Olajire, however, said those remaining in the team’s camp include Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho, John Ogu, Chidozie Awaziem, Oghenekaro Etebo and Simeon Nwankwo. He said that the duo of Ahmed Musa and Bryan Idowu are staying put in Russia where they ply their trade for their respective clubs. While Musa plays for CSKA Moscow, Idowu is a defender for Amkar Perm of Russia.
However, the team’s Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, had stayed back in the team’s Essentuki camp to mark his 65th birthday anniversary on Thursday. The team’s Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, also said the coaching staff and other backroom staff would depart Russia today and arrive in Abuja on Saturday.
The Super Eagles had failed to reach the competition’s second round after a 1-2 loss to Argentina in their last Group D game played at St. Petersburg.