Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 November 2012

Nigeria: Super Eagles to Battle Catalonia in Test Game

The Super Eagles are to confront Catalonia in an international friendly at the Cornella-El Prat Stadium on January 2.

The game is one of the tune-up matches arranged by the Nigeria Football Federation for Eagles ahead of next year's Africa Cup of Nation in South Africa.

The game is already listed on the official website of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF).

The Chief Media Officer in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola told supersport.com that talks are ongoing between the Catalan federation and its West African counterpart.

"There will be a match of that kind. The federation is still in discussion with the Catalan federation and it would have to be ratified first and then a deal is agreed and signed before we can say it is a done deal," said Olajire.

Further reports emerging from the Catalonia region stated that the team will be coached by Johan Cruyff.

It is understood that Spanish La Liga clubs, FC Barcelona and Espanyol have agreed to the January 2 date with the president of the Catalan Football Federation, Andreu Subies.

Both clubs will supply most of the players for the Catalonian team to face Nigeria, four days before the Spanish La Liga resumes from the Yuletide break.

Among players expected to feature for Catalonia are goalkeeper Victor Valdes, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets, Bojan Krkic, Isaac Cuenca, Sergio Garcia, Martin Montoya and Joan Verdu.

The FCF expects Nigeria to parade their strongest squad as they will use the game to prepare for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

On December 22, 1998, Catalonia's La Seleccio defeated the Super Eagles in their first-ever confrontation in a friendly match by 5-0 at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Montjuic.

With Agency Report

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