The midweek matches in the Nigeria Premier League will not allow the Super Eagles camp billed for Abuja to kick start on Tuesday May 19 as earlier planned.
Twenty-six players from the domestic scene have been invited to begin preparations as the Nigeria national team gets set for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.
In this light, Coach Stephen Keshi has allowed extra 48 hours for the players to feature at their respective clubs before hitting camp to begin preparations for the national assignment ahead.
“We want to allow the players to feature for their clubs in the midweek games so that they will know that once they report to camp, they will not be going anywhere again,” Keshi was quoted as saying on the NFF’s official website.
“It is important that they come to camp and concentrate. We don’t want distractions, especially with the team scheduled to play a number of friendly matches in the weeks to come before the qualifier against Chad.”
Three goalkeepers, nine defenders, six midfielders and eight strikers from the home front will get the opportunity to contest for shirts against their foreign-based counterparts.