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
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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
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.