Brazil 2014: CAF offers to assist Nigeria, Ghana, others

Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria will represent Africa at Brazil 2014

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has offered a helping hand to the Super Eagles of Nigeria as well as other African flag bearers to the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

Rising from its Executive Committee meeting held over the weekend in Cairo, Egypt, CAF stated that it had decided to make the CAF Centre of Excellence in Mbankomo, Cameroon, available to the five teams towards preparations, for the World Cup. The football governing body also offered to cover the cost of the teams’ stay.

The African flagbearers are Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria.

The facility, located in Mbankomo – 25 kilometres away from the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde- boasts of top notch facilities. It has artificial and natural playing surfaces, a multipurpose playground for volleyball, basketball and handball, a tennis court, a semi-Olympic size swimming pool, 40-room executive suites, two well equipped gyms, 110-seater conference room, 104-seater restaurant, villas, among others.

Some of the teams may, however, have to decline the offer as they are already considering camps outside Africa. The Super Eagles, for example, are looking at Houston, Texas.

In addition to free access to the training facility, a group of media experts selected by the CAF Media Director and Media Officers of the five qualified teams will be put in place to provide exclusive report and information on the teams for African football fans.

The continent’s football governing body also said they welcomed the report on the earlier meeting held in Cairo on 21 February between CAF and representatives of the five teams.

On their part, representatives of the five African teams that qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup thanked the CAF President for the platform and agreed offered to exchange important information and facilitate better preparation for their respective teams.

After the meeting in Cairo, CAF launched the call for unity and support of the teams, whilst encouraging them on the need for adequate preparation to go farther in the competition.

Africa has not gone beyond the quarter final stages since the inception of the World Cup in 1930. The Black Stars of Ghana were however very close to making the semis last term at the South Africa 2010 World Cup but were denied by Uruguay after penalty shoot-outs.

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