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2014 CHAN: Eagles battle Cote d’Ivoire on artificial pitch

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Nigeria have said they are ready to tackle hosts Cote d’Ivoire on a synthetic pitch in a 2014 CHAN second leg qualifier.

The home-based Eagles beat their Ivorian counterparts 4-1 in the first leg played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna earlier this month.

“We learnt from the leadership of the NFF that the game will be played on artificial turf and I must say we were delighted because we will give our all on such a pitch but we are keeping our plans close to our chest,” team co-ordinator Emmanuel Atta said on Monday.

Head Coach Stephen Keshi and his assistants were calm over the development because according to team secretary, Dayo Enebi Achor, “Anything they want to throw at us we are sure we have capable hands led by Keshi to counter them.”

The Eagles will resume training on Tuesday morning at the FIFA Goal Project Abuja and will train once in the morning until otherwise decided.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles goalkeeper and skipper Chigozie Agbim was the first to arrive camp on Monday afternoon as the training camp opened for the return leg of the CHAN qualifier final round against Cote D’Ivoire in Abidjan, July 27.

Agbim was soon joined by the likes of Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Benjamin Francis, Rabiu Ali and by dinner time almost all the 24 players invited for the crucial tie have reported.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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