The highly anticipated April 12 clash between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Pharaohs of Egypt has been called off.
The game initially billed to take place in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was cancelled by the Egyptians as investigations reveals that there was a sponsorship glitch for the seven time African Champions who are keen to test their might against the Eagles.
The Nigeria Football Federation had already invited 26 local based players to begin preparations for the game. As at Monday evening, 18 of the players were already in the Abuja camp and were scheduled to start full training today.Official verdict While speaking on SuperSport, Coach Diaa Al Sayed, a member of the Egypt technical crew, confirmed that the cancellation of the match was due to a sponsorship setback which has forced them to fold their UAE camp.
“Egypt will no longer be able to face Nigeria in their scheduled Abu Dhabi thriller,” he said. He explained that they received the letter yesterday from the UAE Football federation advising them of the development and are now scrambling to secure another sponsor. “Since we don’t know if the new camp will be in the UAE or not, we certainly cannot etch any games, especially that against the Super Eagles, in stone and have to cancel,” Diaa said. The Coach however affirmed that Egypt would reschedule the game as they really looked forward to playing Keshi’s new Eagles, whom they now ranked among Africa’s most improved teams.
“We like Nigeria because they are local,” added the Coach. The Egyptian national team have also lined up a friendly with Angola which may also suffer the same fate with the Eagles.