2026 World Cup qualifiers: Labour strike hit Super Eagles camp

The on-going strike initiated by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has taken its toll on the Super Eagles’ preparation for Friday’s World Cup qualifying match with South Africa with several Super Eagles players stranded in Lagos and Abuja.

According to information from the Super Eagles camp in Uyo, 15 players took part in a Monday morning comprehensive training session at the practice pitch of the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

 The other eight players who are reportedly in the country could not get to Uyo “because of the ongoing Nigeria Labour congress strike which has stalled domestic flights”, Blueprint correspondent reliably gathered.

The affected players are goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, Semi Ajayi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Calvin Bassey, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Ademola Lookman and Paul Onuachu.

The Eagles are scheduled to host Bafana Bafana at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on June 7 before travelling to Cote D’Ivoire where they face the Benin Republic three days later.

A total of 15 players trained on Monday morning in Uyo, with Head Coach Finidi George telling the players afterwards that the three points at stake in Friday’s encounter must end up in Nigeria’s kitty.

While the quintet (three in Abuja and two in Lagos) is being expected at the team’s Ibom Hotel and Resorts, the trio of midfielder Alex Iwobi, goalkeeper Maduka Okoye and forward Ademola Lookman are expected to arrive in the country on Tuesday.  

There was no training session on Monday evening, as the players get countenance intensive sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, hopefully with a full house.

The delegation of Bafana Bafana is expected to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday, with the team already booked into Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in Ikot-Ekpene.