South Africa 2013 AFCON
By ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja
Super Eagles will not lack fitness for the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has concluded arrangements for a three-pronged friendly matches involving Morocco, Angola and Cape Verde, for the team ahead of the tournament.
Glass House’s spokeman, Ademola Olajire, who made the disclosure during the weekly media briefing in Abuja yesterday, emphasised that the federation had concluded agreements with the three countries involved in the international encounters, stressing that the matches will take place in Portugal, the Super Eagles’ camping venue. He further noted that according to the arrangements, the match against Cape Verde would come first since the Cape Verdeans would also be camping in Portugal for the continental championship.
“I want to inform you that the federation has secured three friendly matches for the Super Eagles. The matches would come up when they resume camping in Portugal. I can inform you that the Eagles would be playing Morocco, Angola and Cape Verde. There is every likelihood that the Cape Verde encounter would come first because they would likely be camping in Portugal,” Olajire said.
On the friendly tie with Venezuela, the spokesperson said: “We are taking the match very seriously and that is why we have a crack team already in Venezuela for the encounter which also is on a FIFA approved day and so must be used to rate federations and we want to keep going up and not down,” he noted.
Olajire equally reacted to the concern in certain quarters about the backline of the Super Eagles, which many analysts said was suspect, assuring that the Stephen Keshi-led technical crew will have about one month training period with the players.