Super Eagles Arrive Luxembourg For International Friendly

THE Super Eagles have arrived in Lux­embourg ahead of tomorrow’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.

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.

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 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.

“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, Hon. Sulei­man Yahaya-Kwande confirmed to 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 tourna­ment.

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.           The Sun

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