The Nigerian squad consists of 22 players

Players and officials of the Super Eagles departed Nigeria for Monrovia on Friday, ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier clash with the Lone Star of Liberia to be played on September 8. 

The Nigerian squad took off from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at exact 5 a.m. The team consist of 22 players, who were accompanied by officials of the Nigeria Football federation (NFF) and members of the Supporters Club led by their president, Dr. Rauf Oladipo. 

The departure came barely 48 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan paid them a surprise visit during the team’s training session. The visit marked the first time in over 30 years that a president watched the team train. 

Jonathan said he was desperate to see Nigeria return to the Nations Cup, and had been in touch with his Liberian counterpart, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to tell her that the Super Eagles will win.

The president added that he was not too happy that Nigeria did not do well at the London 2012 Olympics, but declared that he knew that the Eagles will not only qualify for the Nations Cup in South Africa but also do the nation proud at the championship.

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