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Published On: Fri, Dec 19th, 2014

NFF secures Egypt test games for U23

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has secured four international friendly matches with the Egyptian U23 team in both Uyo and Cairo next month an official said.

The country’s U23 players are currently in camp in Abuja preparing for the February 2015 All African Games qualifier against Gabon with both home and foreign-based players sweating it out under the watchful eyes of the team’s head coach, Samson Siasia.

The NFF, which also announced a series of friendly matches for the Super Eagles, has lined up friendly games with the Egyptian U23s scheduled to take place in Uyo on the 15th and 17th January before the other two matches in Cairo on the 20th and 22nd.

The team will then depart for Turkey after the four friendly matches for another round of rigorous training exercises before another proposed trip to Dubai and Malta for more test games before coming back to the country to fine-tune preparations for the All African Games qualifiers with Gabon.

Siasia has commended the board of the NFF for arranging the top grade friendly games.

He said the friendly games would afford the home based players the opportunity to get the necessary experience and exposure ahead of the All African Games and Olympics qualifiers slated for next year.

Meanwhile, four more foreign-based professionals have stormed the camp of the Dream Team VI. The new arrivals are Iroha Chinazom from AD Oliveirense, Portugal, Ovoke Benard from KAA Gent, Belgium, Gomo Onduku from Iasi, Romania and Adedapo Adeniyi from the USA. These new arrivals thus brings the number of foreign-based players who have reported to the Dream Team screening process to 23

According to media officer Timi Ebikagboro, the team will be going on break on December 21 and will reconvene on January 4, 2015 and training will commence a day later.


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