Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: NFF Begins Preparations for 2014 World Cup - Inyama

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday said that it had started preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

The association's Media and Publicity Committee Chairman, Emeka Inyama, told news conference in Abuja that the Super Eagles would resume camping in earnest for the World Cup qualifiers and the Confederation Cup.

Inyama said that having won the 2013 African Cup of Nations, the association's target had shifted to the upcoming qualifying matches.

"Our next match in the qualifying series is against Kenya on March 23 at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

"According to the programme submitted by the technical crew, the camping for the home-based will start a few weeks before the foreign-based professional arrive.

"The NFA will make all arrangements for this and for the other World Cup qualifiers away to Kenya and Namibia in June.

"At home to Malawi in September and for the two-leg knock-out against another country in October and November, 2013," he said.

Inyama, who doubles as the Chairman, Nigeria National League (NNL), said the NFA was also working toward preparing the team to overpower its group members in the FIFA Confederations Cup in June.

The Eagles will represent Africa at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup after winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The Super Eagles are in Group B with Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti in the tournament holding from June 15 to June 30 in Brazil.

"We are also keeping our eyes on the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as this is the second time that our country will be participating in the tournament.

"At the first outing in Saudi Arabia in 1995, Super Eagles finished fourth.

"Our commitment now is to ensure that in Brazil, the African champions are fully prepared to overpower the likes of Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti and Brazil, Italy, Mexico and Japan in Group A," he said.

Inyama added that the association was working toward preparing the team for the African Nations Championship in 2014.

"While we work hard on the FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the FIFA Confederations Cup, we are also focused on the qualifying series for the African Nations Championship.

"The present NFA is determined to ensure an unprecedented qualification of our team for the final competitions.

"It would be a massive accomplishment not to only play at the championship for the first time, but to win it and become true champions of Africa at both levels," the chairman said.

The African Nations Championship is Cup of Nations for players based in the domestic Leagues in Africa. NAN

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