The team will play Mexico and Sweden in their first two games ending October
After two weeks of intensive training at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai, the team is now scheduled to depart for Al-Ain on Tuesday where they would play their first two matches against Mexico and Sweden on October 19 and 22.
“Today (Monday) is very significant especially for us who are Muslims because today is Arafat,” head coach, Manu Garba, said at the team’s session. “Incidentally, it coincided with the first day of the week as we focus on our first game against Mexico on Saturday.”
Earlier on, Mr Garba had said during a routine video shoot, that his wards were ready to play at the World Cup with gusto.
“If they ask us to start today, we are ready for this World Cup assignment,” Manu said.”We have trained very well though we couldn’t play any big match; it would not hamper us as our players are fit for this assignment and by the grace of God, we would do our best.”
In the meantime, the four players who did not make the final list of 21 players are expected to leave the Dubai camp for Lagos aboard Emirates Airlines on Tuesday.
The quartet of Adeyinka Adewale, Clement Ogbobe, Godwin Odibo and Olumide Akofe said they were confident of the country’s hope bearers in UAE.
“We have learnt so much during this training tour and we shall continue to pray for the success of the team at the World Cup,” said Ogbobe.
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