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Cape Verde v Nigeria: Eagles depleted as Iheanacho, Iwobi, Etebo, others leave camp

Nigeria’s players and officials on Monday arrived on the island of Mindelo ahead of Tuesday’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde.

The delegation touched down following a four-hour flight from Lagos. But it wasn’t the full complement of the Nigerian team as there were 21 players on board after the UK-based members of the squad returned to their respective bases.

This is because of the British government’s strict regulations on red list countries, which includes Cape Verde.

The affected players include forwards, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi, defenders Olaoluwa Aina, William Ekong and Leon Balogun.

Midfielders, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo have all left camp too.

The Eagles, top of the table on three points, take on the Blue Sharks on Tuesday evening.

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