Vanguard (Lagos)

24 June 2012

Nigeria: NFF Plans More Friendlies for Eagles

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The Super Eagles celebrate their victory over the Harambe Stars of Kenya on the road to qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

As Nigerians still bask in the euphoria of the Super Eagles' qualification into the next phase of the qualifiers for the 2013 African Nations Cup billed for South Africa, Nigerian Football Federation, NFF Chairman of chairmen, Effiong Johnson has revealed that the Super Eagles will play two friendly matches before their next game.

Making this known to Sunday Vanguard Sports after the 2-0 victory over Rwanda last weekend, the security sub-committee chairman said that the board is already weighing options for the Eagles.

"The board is working towards organizing friendlies for the team in other for the process of rebuilding to continue. The next qualifiers will be in September; consequently, we (NFF) will work out friendly matches, at least two before the next game. This I know will actually allow for progressive continuity of Keshi's outline," Effiong said.

Commenting on the game, the Akwa Ibom State Football Association chairman heaped praise on the Keshi but requested that Nigerians should constructively criticize him (Keshi).

"With what Keshi has done, for me, I am impressed and I am positive that if he continues this way, we will get back to the top of our game. It is a collective responsibility; hence, Nigerians should criticize him (Keshi) constructively.

"We have made it clear that we are in the rebuilding process which is paying off for now with fair results coming from mostly players plying their trade here in the league. This is what has been missing for a while and the players are gathering experience," he added.

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