NFF, Eagles want Gabon friendly before Peru

There are strong indications that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), national team handlers, and players, are working on the possibility of playing the friendly game against Gabon before the team travels to Lima, Peru, for another international friendly against the Peruvian national side.

Sources in the NFF say the game which is at the request of the Gabonese President, Ali Bongo, has been scheduled for after the game in Lima, but Nigerian officials want it before the game against Peru. The Gabonese have not yet finalised with the NFF and Nigerians must be patient to get the right information on when the game will be played and where”, sources close to NFF Scribe, Barr Musa Amadu, said. 

Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi, on his part, says the two games are important but must not be played too close to the Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers, which commences in the first week on June. The fear of injuries to his key players and the need to keep the team tactics away from the opponents may have informed Keshi’s position.

National team Secretary, Dayo Enebi Achor, said only time will tell whether the Super Eagles will play against Gabon. “We have to be patient with Gabon FA, because the game is at their request and we cannot force them to fix a date that suits only Nigeria”, he said.


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