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Nigeria: Rabiu Ibrahim Joins Up With Eagles in Catalunya

Celtic of Scotland playmaker, Rabiu Ibrahim is expected to link up with the rest of the Nigerian set up preparing for the Nations Cup in Catalunya, when the team arrives Spain early on New Year day.

Ibrahim, was expected to have arrived earlier but delays in his flight schedule means he was advised to join the team in Catalunya in Spain instead of coming to Faro, Portugal, where the team is presently camped. That means, Ibrahim and hitman, Ikechukwu Uche will be the last two players that will join up with the Eagles before the game on January 2.

Earlier indications that midfield anchor, Nosa Igiebor will join the team may also have evaporated as the technical crew of the team were still awaiting words from the bow-legged player till later afternoon on the last day of 2012.

"We are still waiting words from Nosa at the moment, so we cannot say he will be in Catalunya or Faro for the game," Team Secretary, Dayo Enebi Achor said.

The Nigerian national team will jet out to Catalunya from Faro at 5am, Portuguese time which is 6am Nigerian time.

The team will have its lunch in Catalunya and will train on New Year day at about 7:15pm, which will be 8:15pm Nigerian time. Wednesday's match against Catalonia selected that is managed by Dutch legend Johann Cryuff will be played at the home of La Liga side, Espanyol and the time of the game is 8:00pm Catalunya time, which is 9:00pm Nigerian time.

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