Hundreds of fans mobbed Eagles stars Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Efe Ambrose after Tuesday’s evening training at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
Chelsea star Mikel was also mobbed by fans when the team trained in Abuja earlier in the day.
Celtic defender Ambrose was returning to the city when he was born and where he went on to captain the city’s biggest club, Kaduna United. The fans wanted to touch the players they often watch in action with their European clubs on television and also take pictures and selfies with them.
There was a large number of fans at the first training in Kaduna, the northern Nigerian town where Nigeria will host Egypt on Friday in a crucial AFCON qualifier with a reverse clash in Alexandria four days later.
The 20,000-capacity Ahmadu Bello Stadium is expected to be full on Friday with the highest gate fee being N1,000, which is less than $3.