[TR Sport] Rohr warns Eagles as Mikel, Iheanacho, Iwobi arrive

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Premier League duo Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa arrived at the Super Eagles’ Abuja camp from  England on Tuesday ahead of  Sunday’s Group B  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia at   Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Meanwhile, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr  has told the Eagles they must give everything  for victory against Chipolopolo in the Russia 2018 qualifying opener. Other teams in the group considered “Group of Death” are Cameroon and Algeria.

“No small team in our group, we saw the Zambians against Kenya and they will not be  pushovers on Sunday. We are going there to give a good account of ourselves,” Rohr  told reporters after training on Tuesday.

Mikel, who has yet to play a match for  Chelsea this season, arrived early in the morning, while Leicester City attacker Musa arrived in the afternoon.

Manchester City’s wonderkid  Kelechi Iheanacho and     rising Arsenal star Alex Iwobi had   arrived  in the country on Monday night.

According to spokesman for the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, Greece-based forward Brown Ideye also reported to camp on Tuesday.  Olajire also confirmed the arrival of the Nigerian Premier League  top scorer Godwin Obaje at the camp.

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The Wikki Tourists forward  scored 18 goals to emerge as the domestic league top scorer.

With the  trio’s  arrival,  Rohr  is guaranteed a full house (23 players)   for  training ahead of the team’s departure  to Zambia on Saturday.

Mikel, Musa Iheanacho, Ideye, Iwobi and Obaje  trained with the team  on Tuesday evening.  Others are Trabzonspor midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper   Carl Ikeme, Kingsley Madu, Musa Muhammed, Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Monaco defender Elderson Echiejile.

The rest are Maccabi Tel Aviv  playmaker Nosa Igiebor, Abdullahi Shehu, William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Anderson Esiti, Jamiu Alimi, Wilfred Ndidi, 2016  Nigerian Premier  League winner  Chisom Egbuchunam, Uche Agbo and Moses Simon.

Assistant coaches Salisu Yusuf, Imama Amapakabo and Alloy Agu,  as well as Rohr’s  technical assistant Jean Luc Royer and video analyst Nabil Trabelsi  were also on the training ground.

The NFF confirmed on Tuesday that the Eagles would play Premier League side  Plateau United  in a friendly affair  at  the National Stadium in  Abuja on Wednesday evening.

Rohr insisted  the Eagles  were ready  for a tough time  at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, saying  reports from Zambia  had confirmed the pitch  was in bad shape.

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