Nigeria: Eagles Begin Final Nations Cup Training in South Africa

eaglesNigeria has announced that the country’s final preparation for the 2013 AFCON will be in South Africa from January 4. Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) general secretary Musa Amadu disclosed that the Eagles final phase of Nations Cup camping will begin on January 4.

“It’s a known fact that clubs would not release players for the Nations Cup until two weeks to the tournament. What this means is that coach Stephen Keshi has at least two weeks for intensive training. So, with that in mind the Eagles would begin final preparation on January 4,” Amadu said.

NFF technical committee chairman Chris Green, who is just back from South Africa where they inspected training sites and facilities ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, disclosed that the federation plan to first set up a training camp in Europe before the team move to South Africa.

“We are thinking of assembling the players in Faro, Portugal, before proceeding to South Africa for the team’s final phase of camping. The idea is to begin the camp in Faro with players from the home front, then have the foreign-based join up,” he said.

“We have put several factors into consideration one of which is weather.”

Nigeria is drawn in Group C in Nelspruit along with defending champions Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

The Eagles training camp opens this weekend in Abuja ahead of a friendly against Venezuela in Miami, United States of America, on November 14.

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