Doubts have continued to mount over whether the friendly match between the Azingo Nationale of Gabon and Nigeria’s Super Eagles, scheduled for Libreville, the Gabonese capital, will hold next month, as clash in dates has been a contentious issue.
Media officer of the Super Eagles, Ben Alaiya, explained that while both Nigeria and Gabon are interested in engaging each other in a friendly game, the suitable date for the game remains an issue.
“The Eagles want to play and Gabon also want to play, but the issue has been at what date, because both countries have crucial qualifiers coming up in the coming weeks and none of the them want to risk a qualifier for a friendly,” Mr. Alaiya said.
Despite the uncertainties, Daniel Amokachi, assistant coach of the Super Eagles, has pointed out that Eagles coaching crew have been busy scouting for more talents that could play for the country’s national team.
According to him, at least four coaches of the Super Eagles are present weekly at league venues to help discover stars who could feature for the national team.
“We are 150million people and we have over 10million of that population interested in football, so we are working to ensure that we get the best with the scouts that are usually all over the place when NPL league games are being played,” he said.
Meanwhile, there are strong indications that the Super Eagles, might be heading to their familiar terrain in Faro, Portugal, as preparations peaks for the qualifying games for the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup and Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Several factors appear to have led the technical department of the NFF, to settle for Faro among which are Nigeria’s long relationship with the venue, relative low cost of first class facilities at the site and the need for foreign based-players to jell properly with their home-based counterparts in the new-look national team.
NFF Technical Committee Chairman, Chris Green, when contacted over the development, confirmed that plans were afoot for such a camping exercise but added that it could only be revealed after due consultations with the Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi.
“We are still weighing all options and once we agree with Keshi, then the programme will be rolled out, because we have three important qualifiers that we cannot afford to toy with in the next one month,” Mr. Green said.