Vanguard (Lagos)

10 November 2012

Nigeria: Eagles to Play Two Friendlies in Portugal

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Nigeria Football Federation is working to get commitments from less busy national teams to play friendly games with the Super Eagles, while they put their acts together in Faro, Portugal for the 2013 Nations Cup starting January in South Africa.

The Eagles are scheduled to play Venezuela on November 14 in Caracas, but according to coach Stephen Keshi, this game will not be enough to gear up his boys for the onerous task of conquering Africa and regain the respect of other teams in the continent.

"We are going to have two games while in Portugal. Right now I do not have any name, but the federation is working on getting at least one African opposition," said the coach.

The Eagles will open their Nations Cup account with Burkina Faso on January 21. Keshi said that his team will be adequately prepared as Faro, a familiar City with Eagles, offers standard training facilities and a good climate.

Defending champions, Chipolopolo of Zambia are also not leaving any stone unturned in their quest to prove that their win in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon was not a fluke. The Zambia the top team in group C are playing Norway on January 12, while two other friendlies games are been arranged for the Chipolopolo.

"We want the team to be adequately prepared for the tournament and we believe the Chipolopolo will even be better prepared than they were when they went to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea," Football Association of Zambia spokesman Erick Mwanza disclosed.

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