- Nigeria were kicked out of the ongoing World Cup in the group stage
- The Super Eagles were among five African teams that represented the continent
Players of Nigeria’s national team have reportedly refused to head back to the West African country over fear of being beaten.
The Super Eagles endured a disappointing campaign at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, culminating in a group stage exit.
Paired in Group D with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, Nigeria were expected to make it to the next stage of the tournament.
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However, the team managed to win just a game – against Iceland – and exited the tournament after losing their final game to Lionel Messi and co.
Reports suggest that the Super Eagles players have since been leaving their Essentuki Camp Base in Russia in trickles.
Some of the players have reportedly refused to head back to Nigeria for fear of being beaten and have rather opted to run back to their respective clubs.
Director of Communications of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, confirmed that most of the players have left Russia for their respective bases.
“Instead of returning to Nigeria, the Super Eagles players have been returning to their respective bases one after the other, where they have since reunited with their families,” he said.
The likes of Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho, Leon Balogun, Alex Iwobi, Kenneth Omeruo and Tyronne Ebuehi have all departed for their clubs.
However, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho, John Ogu, Chidozie Awaziem, Oghenekaro Etebo and Simeon Nwankwo are still at the team’s camp in Russia.
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