Vanguard (Lagos)

30 December 2012

Nigeria: NFF, Villarreal Reach Deal On Uche

Nigeria Football Federation and Spanish division two side, Villarreal have reached an agreement to allow striker, Ikechukwu Uche shuttle between his club and the camp of the Super Eagles in Faro Portugal.

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is expecting Uche to star for his team in the January 2 clash against a Catalonia side on January 2. The striker is also needed by the struggling Club to play against Barcelona B team on January 5.

File photo: Super Eagles attacker, Ike Uche tries to go past Botswana defence during a friendly match at Ogbe stadium in Benin City, Edo State. Eagles won 2-0.

Under the arrangement, Uche will resume training with the Eagles on December 31 in Faro, Portugal and after the friendly to be decided in Barcelona, Uche is expected to travel to Villarreal for the game against the Barcelona B team.

The player is expected to rejoin the Eagles for their final preparation for the Nations Cup with a game against Cape Verde in Portugal. The team will finally leave for South Africa on January 16.

Nigeria's opening Group C match is against Burkina Faso on January 21. Zambia and Ethiopia are the other teams in their group.

The Eagles arrived Faro, Portugal, Friday and have already started their training.

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