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Eagles, Chipolopolo battle behind closed doors

POWERHOUSE ••• Obafemi Martins (L) in one of the Eagles' outings against Mozambique. Much is expected from him in Angola.
POWERHOUSE ••• Obafemi Martins (L) in one of the Eagles' outings against Mozambique. Much is expected from him in Angola.

By Ben Efe
Nigeria and Zambia national teams to the Africa Nations Cup are playing their warm-up game behind closed doors to keep away sports journalists and spies who are out to gather information on the teams and tactics.
The game according to Eagles spokesman, Peterside Idah, will not have any spectators, because the coaches need the players to “concentrate” and focus on the task ahead at Angola 2010.

“The Eagles coaches want the players to put in their best and paint a picture of what to expect against Egypt on January 12,” Idah said in phone interview yesterday.

He disclosed that it was purely the decision of the coaches of both teams to have the match under lock and key.

“The game is just for the players to concentrate. Both coaches agreed on the need to keep away spies and journalists who may be present to gather information on the team,” Idah added.

The game, which would be decided in Durban, where the Eagles are camped, will be the last warm up match before they Eagles depart for Angola to prepare for their opening game against Egypt next Tuesday.


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