Luxembourg City - The Super Eagles had their first training
in Luxembourg City ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against that
country’s senior national team.
The delegation left Rouen, where they played Mali on Friday,
at noon on Sunday and are now at the Alvisse Parc Hotel, an impressive facility
located on Route d’Echternach in Luxembourg City.
There is a great spirit in camp as players and officials
look forward to a win against Luxembourg, on the back of the 1-0 defeat of one
of Africa’s strongest teams, Mali at the Stade Robert Diochon on Friday,
according to Sportdaylive report.
The team later trained at the Stade Josy Barthel, venue of
Tuesday’s clash with the Red Lions.
However, there is quiet indignation about a report in an
African football website, which claimed on Saturday that the Super Eagles could
not exchange jerseys after Friday’s international friendly with Mali because
the players do not have enough and only do ‘wash-and-wear’ of jerseys.
Team administrator Dayo Enebi Achor, in a press release,
wondered where such a story emanated from when the Malian players never offered
to exchange jerseys with the Super Eagles at the Stade Robert Diochon.
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“We have received calls from Nigeria that people are happy
about the performance of this young team against Mali. Most people believe that
we are on to a good thing with this crop of players but someone is only
interested in spewing falsehood to try and embarrass the nation.
“We use new jerseys for every match, and we exchange jerseys
when it is necessary. The jerseys belong to the players and they are free to do
whatever they want with them after these two matches.”
Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Suleiman
Yahaya-Kwande confirmed that the new jerseys designed for Nigeria will be
unveiled at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August, where 1996
champions Nigeria is one of only 16 countries taking part in the men’s football
Friday’s defeat by Nigeria was only the third loss in 11
matches for Mali in the past 14 months, and the Malians have already qualified
for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with two matches to spare.For
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