Super Eagles camp updates: Which players have arrived for crunch Bafana Bafana clash?

The Super Eagles camp for June's 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying games officially opened on Saturday, 1 June.

We are committed to providing Nigerian fans with real-time updates and insights into the Super Eagles camp arrivals.

Under coach Finidi George, Nigeria will look to record their first win in Group C of their qualification campaign.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalists will tackle South Africa at the iconic Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Friday 7 June, in what will be Finidi's first competitive game since becoming Super Eagles head coach.

Three days later, Nigeria will square off against Benin Republic at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

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Super Eagles 23-man squad for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June

These are the players coach Finidi invited for the two World Cup qualifying games this month.

Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabali (Chippa United, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Udinese, Italy); Olorunleke Ojo (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Sodiq Ismail (Remo Stars, Nigeria); Chidozie Awaziem (Boavista FC, Portugal); Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC, England); Benjamin Tanimu (Ihefu SC, Tanzania) Kenneth Igbokwe (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Out of contract with Leicester City); Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge, Belgium); Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp, Belgium); Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England); Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Hatayspor, Turkey); Ibrahim Olawoyin (Rizespor, Turkey)

Forwards: Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany); Kelechi Iheanacho (Out of contract with Leicester); Ademola Lookman (Atalanta FC, Italy); Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan, Italy); Paul Onuachu (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Terem Moffi (OGC Nice, France)

Super Eagles camp: Which players have arrived so far?

The Super Eagles camp in Uyo is buzzing after 20 of the invited players arrived at the team's hotel in the last couple of days.

All three of the NPFL players invited—Sodiq Ismail, Kenneth Igboke and Ojo Olorunleke—have arrived in Uyo. It's worth mentioning that due to Ola Aina's injury, Remo Stars' Ismail was preferred to man the Super Eagles right-back role. In the same vein, Igboke was called in as a late replacement for injured Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.

Ndidi and Iheanacho, whose Leicester City contract expired on 1 June, have also made it to the team's camp.

The likes of Chippa United goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali, Hatayspor midfielder Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, and SC Ihefu defender Benjamin Tanimu have also made it to the team's hotel.

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Caykur Rizespor star Ibrahim Olawoyin has also confirmed his arrival. He was given a late call-up to the squad after the withdrawal of Nathan Tella due to family reasons.

AC Milan's winger Samuel Chukwueze, who at some point looked like he will pull out due to fitness concerns, has arrived too.

Sunday's arrivals include Victor Boniface, Terem Moffi, Alhassan Yusuf, Raphael Onyedika, Ojo Olorunleke, and Chidozie Awaziem.

Also, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Calvin Bassey, Paul Onuachu, Frank Onyeka and Semi Ajayi arrived on Tuesday, after they were unable to make the trip the day before.

All players in camp in a nutshell:

  • Sodiq Ismail
  • Kenneth Igboke
  • Kelechi Iheanacho
  • Wilfred Ndidi
  • Stanley Nwabali
  • Benjamin Tanimu
  • Fisayo Dele-Bashiru
  • Ibrahim Olawoyin
  • Samuel Chukwueze
  • Ojo Olorunleke
  • Victor Boniface
  • Terem Moffi
  • Raphael Onyedika
  • Chidozie Awaziem
  • Alhassan Yusuf
  • Semi Ajayi
  • Calvin Bassey
  • Bright Osayi-Samuel
  • Frank Onyeka
  • Paul Onuachu

Coach Finidi held his first training session with the players available on Sunday morning inside the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

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Super Eagles 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying group

The Super Eagles are paired in Group C of the CAF 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign alongside South Africa, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Benin Republic, and Lesotho.

After two matches played, Nigeria have two points; one behind South Africa and two behind Rwanda who currently lead the standings.

Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and Benin Republic complete the table in fourth, fifth, and sixth place respectively.

Finidi George's troops will square off against Bafana Bafana in their Matchday 3 encounter, a clash scheduled for 8 pm WAT on Friday 7 June.

After that encounter, Nigeria will go head-to-head with Benin Republic at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The clash is scheduled for 10 June, 5 pm WAT.

After they narrowly missed the 2022 event in Qatar, the Super Eagles are aiming for a return to the biggest stage of world football. If they can claim maximum points against South Africa and Benin, Nigeria will boost their chances of claiming the top spot in Group C after Matchday 4.

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