AFCON 2019: Nigeria and Zimbabwe arrive in Egypt on the same plane

By Brian Aheebwa

With just 11 days to the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations, different teams have started arriving in Egypt with Nigeria and Zimbabwe touching down ahead of the continent’s most prestigious football tournament which starts on June 21.

After the two teams playing to a goalless draw at the Steven Keshi Stadium on Saturday in an international friendly, the Super Eagles and the Warriors departed Asaba, Nigeria on Sunday evening on a chartered flight together.

The Super Eagles who are in Group B alongside Burundi, Madagascar and Guinea are scheduled to play against Senegal in their last warm up fixture at the Ismailia Stadium on June 16.

Zimbabwe will face Egypt in Group A in the opening match of the tournament on June 21st, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda complete Group A.

According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) all the 24 countries that will participate in AFCON 2019 are required to submit their final 23-man squads not later than today June 10.

Nigeria final 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Caykur Rizespor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Middlesbrough FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC, Belgium); Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray SK, Turkey); Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, China); Alexander Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain).

Zimbabwe 23 man squad

Goalkeepers: George Chigova (Polokwane City), Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka), Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs)

Defenders: Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs), Divine Lunga (Golden Arrows), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic), Tendai Darikwa (Nottingham Forest), Jimmy Dzingai (Power Dynamos), Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids)

Midfielders: Talent Chawapihwa (AmaZulu), Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows), Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates), Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Azam), Ovidy Karuru (AmaZulu), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Orlando Pirates), Thabani Kamusoko (Young Africans)

Strikers: Knowledge Musona (Anderlecht), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang), Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows), Evans Rusike (SuperSport United).

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