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Published On: Tue, Jan 2nd, 2018

Why NFF moved Eagles matches out of Abuja – Sanusi

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Wednesday, has given reason why Super Eagles and other national teams play their games outside Abuja.
The NFF Secretary-General, Mohammed Sanusi, has explained the reason Super Eagles games were moved out of Abuja was because there were no facilities in the FCT.
Sanusi, who said that the national stadium lacked the necessary facilities for the teams to play, added that the various states had indicated interest in hosting the national teams.
While the female national teams take refuge at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, the Super Eagles now play at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
“Some of these states indicated interest in hosting the teams and that is why we went there. There is no facility for us to play our matches.
“We have our technical centre here, but there are no dressing rooms. So we are making efforts to see if the dressing rooms can be provided,” he said.
He added that the NFF was planning to take the matches of the teams across the country, so that Nigerians can watch their national teams play live.
Buhari to watch Eagles’ friendly in Abuja as Rohr warns Eagles against injuries
The Nigeria Football Federation has said it expect sthe country’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, to attend a Super Eagles World Cup warm-up match on May 27 in Abuja. The NFF president Amaju Pinnick announced this on a Cool FM programme SportsMax on Thursday.
“We hope President Buhari will bid the Super Eagles farewell during a friendly planned for May 27 in Abuja,” Pinnick disclosed. The Eagles are expected to launch their World Cup kits during this match. However, the NFF are yet to announce the opponents the Eagles will face in this farewell game but some officials had tipped Egypt as likely foes.
Nigeria will begin their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Croatia in Kaliningrad. They are also drawn to battle Argentina and Iceland.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, has warned the players to avoid injury ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Rohr gave the warning while rueing Henry Onyekuru injury while on duty for his Belgian side, Anderlecht last month.
Onyekuru was strecthered off the pitch after a collision with Eupen goalkeeper, Hendrik Van Crombrugge, which led to a serious injury for the forward.
The Super Eagles star, 20, has suffered serious damage to a medial ligament in his knee and according to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws; there are fears that it could be an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.
Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, said Rohr was not happy about Onyekuru’s injury and has warned other players to be extra careful as the World Cup approaches.
“The players have been warned to stay free of injury as the World Cup is fast approaching. We want to have an injury-free team for the World Cup so that the players can give their best.
“Rohr was not happy when he heard about Onyekuru’s injury, but we are hoping that he returns before the World Cup,” Ibitoye was quoted.
According to him, both the coach and some top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have contacted Onyekuru to wish him well.
“Already, we have called to wish him well,” he added.
Onyekuru may have played his last game for Anderlecht as coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck admits that he will possibly be out for the rest of the season.
He said about the forward injury: “He is possibly out for six months.
If Onyekuru is indeed out for up to six months, he will miss the World Cup, which would have been his first.

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