Daily Trust (Abuja)

19 December 2012

Nigeria to Parade NPL Stars Against Catalonia

Nigeria will present a team drawn from the Nigeria Premier League for a January 2 friendly against Catalonia, officials have disclosed.

According to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) spokesman Ademola Olajire, players from the NPL who do not make the final cut will then return to the country after this match.

Olajire also said that the list of the Europe-based pros for the Nations Cup will be made public this week, while the technical department of the NFF has been working in place of the technical committee.

The pros who have all received their invitation letters are expected in Portugal from January 4.

He said the team will now fly out of the country to Faro on December 23 to Faro.

A dinner to raise additional funds for the Eagles is planned for December 29 in either Lagos or Port Harcourt.

In the meantime, coach, Stephen Keshi has said his team have reached a crucial stage in the build-up to the Nations Cup and would therefore not want them to be distracted.

Keshi said he was not averse to critics of the team, but cautioned against those who are hell bent on distracting the team.

"The entire team needs absolute concentration but everyday there are reports about divisions in the team and several other negative stories and that is not good for the type of team we want to build for the Nations Cup," he said.

He declared that he has received 100 per cent support from the Aminu Maigari-led NFF executive committee and hopes that it will continue all the way to the Nations Cup.

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