2018 World Cup qualifier: NFF in the dark over Lions’ plans
The Nigeria Football Federation are still in the dark over when the Indomitable Lions will arrive Uyo for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles on Friday.
The African champions have kept their travel plans to themselves, with the Nigerian FA uncertain of when they would arrive the country.
“About 50 hours to the match, we still haven’t heard from them (Cameroonians). They previously reached out to us on what they are entitled to on arrival in Nigeria like transportation and security and we told them,” Ademola Olajire, NFF spokesman, said.
“But they haven’t told us when they are coming. We believe that they would probably land on Wednesday night, just to be able to make the official training on Thursday evening. We also believe they will arrive before that time. Some countries do it; they may be coming via a chartered flight.”
However, Olajire added that irrespective of the tricks of the Eagles’ fierce rivals, the federation was banking on the experienced players to subdue the visitors.
“We have players who have the ability, who are tested, have seen it all; players who love to go to war. They will get the job done. Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Aaron Samuel and Odion Ighalo are all back. These are players that can get the job done. There’s also new boy Anthony Nwakaeme, who has been doing very well in Israel. I strongly believe the Eagles are going to subdue the Lions,” Olajire added.Punch