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Eagles: NFF Shops For Friendlies

Posted: Nov 20, 2015 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Worries over team’s poor away record

As part of efforts towards preparing the Super Eagles for the tasks ahead, the Nigeria Football Federation has concluded plans to shop for top grade friendly matches for the team to enhance the rebuilding process embarked upon by coach Sunday Oliseh.

Two second half goals from Moses Simon and Efe Ambrose helped the Super Eagles scale the Swaziland hurdle and secure a place in the final group stage of qualifiers that will see 20 countries battling for the five available tickets to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. Nigeria advanced to the next round of the qualifying tournament on a 2-0 aggregate having played out a goalless draw with the Swazis in Lobamba last Friday.

According to a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, who didn’t want his name on print, all efforts will be geared towards helping the team to succeed.

“The Super Eagles brand is our biggest property and we must ensure the team succeeds in all ramifications.

We understand the coaching crew is working hard in the rebuilding process as well as getting the desired results but we must help them by complimenting their efforts with top grade friendlies like what we had against Cameroon and DR Congo,” said the NFF board member.

The Super Eagles have found it difficult to grind out results when playing away from home and that is now a source of worry to the NFF.

The Eagles played out to a goalless away draw against Tanzania in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on September 5 and repeated another goalless draw in Swaziland last week in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. “With our critical situation in the AFCON qualifiers, we must not lose our two remaining away games to Egypt and Chad because we have been struggling to win away.

We need to secure victories in away games to enhance our chances of qualifying for tournaments.” The NFF board member however expressed optimism that the Eagles would be stronger and in better shape before the next set of AFCON qualifiers in March 2016.

“Our double header against Egypt in March will be very crucial to the Eagles. Also, the group stage qualifiers of the World Cup would be tougher considering the fact that the best 20 teams in Africa would be participating, so we must brace up for tougher challenges,” he noted.

The Eagles are expected to host Egypt on March 26 in Nigeria before travelling to Cairo for the return leg on March 28.