2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Eight Super Eagles players stranded due to labour strike

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Eight Super Eagles players have been left stranded upon their entry into Nigeria ahead of their crunch 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, owing to the ongoing national labour strike across the country.

The strike, which is a protest against the national minimum wage and increase in electricity tariff, has affected the aviation sector which means local flights across the country have been suspended.

The eight players affected by this new development are: Maduka Okoye, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Calvin Bassey, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Paul Onuachu and Ademola Lookman.

The team will not take part in any training on Monday but will rather undergo rest and recovery.

The Super Eagles are due to play South Africa on Friday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo before taking on Benin at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan four days later.

So far, 15 players are already in training camp in Uyo which opened on Sunday. Some of they names in camp include Leicester City duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, NPFL duo Sodiq Ismail and Kenneth Igboke, Stankey Nwabali, Benjamin Tanimu, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Ibrahim Olawoyin and Samuel Chukwueze.

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