CHAN 2016: Eagles end Pretoria training camp, set for Rwanda

Home-based Eagles on Thursday drew the curtains on their Pretoria training camp and are now set to hit Rwanda on Friday for the African Nations Championships, CHAN.

The Super Eagles ‘B’ team left Nigeria on January 2nd to put finishing touches to their strategies as they promised to improve on their third-place finish recorded at the last CHAN tournament coincidentally held in South Africa.

During their stay in Pretoria, the Sunday Oliseh-tutored side were unbeaten in their three friendly games, winning two and drawing one against Angola, also expected at the 2016 CHAN tournament.

“Final day of training in Pretoria, South Africa but the commitment levels & hunger in the team remain high,” a tweet on the official handle of the Super Eagles read.

Seen as getting set for his first ‘real’ test, Coach Sunday Oliseh said he was happy with what had been achieved collectively in the Pretoria Camp.

“We’ve finished this phase of preparation, better focused and more determined to excel in Rwanda,” the coach declared.

Meanwhile PREMIUM TIMES have gathered that the home-based Super Eagles squad will earn $2,000 as winning bonus in Rwanda, which falls short of what the same players earn when they play with their overseas-based counterparts in the regular Super Eagles team.

A win for the regular Super Eagles team guarantees a match bonus of $5,000, and a draw earns them half of that, while the coaches earn double whatever the players collect.

Most of the players reportedly said they were not against the planned bonus structure, but warned that it should be paid as, and when, due.

The CHAN Eagles will be starting out against Niger Republic before facing other Group C opponents Tunisia and Guinea.

Officials say the team will depart Pretoria by 8am local time and the estimated time to Kigali is to be around three hours.


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