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21 Swaziland players train for Nigeria

10 November 2015, 11:08

Abuja - Ahead of this weekend's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, News24 can report that 21 players have been training with the Sihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland. The 21 Sihlangu players in camp are sweating non-stop, according to the Times of Swaziland.

News24 also understands that the players have been training under the scorching heat at the Somhlolo Stadium, which coach Harries Bulunga and his technical team have been doing since last Friday, and have been taking the players through their paces as the all-important tie against Nigeria’s ‘Super Eagles’ edges closer.

The Sihlangu host the African powerhouse on Friday under floodlights at the Somhlolo Stadium with the return leg in Port Harcourt next Tuesday as the race for a place in the group stages for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers continues.

Also read: Ivory Coast, Ghana launch W/Cup campaigns

Russia will host the biggest sporting showpiece in 2018 and a Sihlangu win will guarantee them a place in the 20 teams to be grouped by the Confederations of African Football (CAF) into five groups of four with the winners to represent the continent in the World Cup.

While Nigeria, led by Sunday Oliseh, will be parading a squad of international players, mostly based in Europe, Bulunga goes to this game with a locally-based team.

The nation’s pride brushed aside lowly ranked Djibouti in the preliminary round 8-1 on aggregate and ‘Madze’ seemed to instil that Nigeria will be a different team altogether in yesterday afternoon’s training session.

Ranked 59th by FIFA, Nigeria will arrive on a chartered plane on Thursday- hours before the mammoth clash.

Sihlangu have made strides in the world rankings and are now 130th and will fancy their chances especially because their opponents only assembled for camp yesterday. Here is a low down of the nation’s pride’s training.

- News24


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