friendlies for Eagles before Liberia tie, says NFF
THE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has finally revealed
that the Super Eagles would no longer play any friendly
match prior to their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against
The NFF had last month decided that the team would play at
least two friendly games, using home-based players, prior to
the matches against Liberia. This was even after FIFA had
shifted the free window from August to September.
And the federation’s Secretary General, Musa Amadu, on
Tuesday told journalists in Abuja that body was intensifying
efforts to organise tune-up matches for the Eagles. Several
countries, including Gabon, Ethiopia, Sudan and lately,
Uganda, were also being lined up as possible opponents for
the friendly to prepare Nigeria for the Liberia clash,
according to MTNFootball.com.
Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi, had hoped to play a
top-grade friendly against a West African team during the
FIFA free window on August 15, before FIFA changed the
An NFF official said the current development “is a problem
because it now means that there will not be a friendly for
the Eagles before the matches against Liberia.” This comes
on the heels of the recent cancellation by Arsenal of a
proposed match against a Nigerian selection on August 5 in
Liberia hosts Nigeria on September 8 in the first leg of the
final qualifier for the 2013 Nations Cup, while the return
leg will be played in Calabar on October 14.
Keshi recently submitted a 50-player list for the game to
the NFF, the squad dominated by the home-based stars he has
been working with since he became the national team’s boss.