By Onochie Anibeze
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Abdullahi Sani Lulu, will next week lead a very powerful delegation to South Africa to mark the beginning of Eaglesâ€™ preparation for the World Cup kicking off in June. |
The delegation will visit Richardsbay where Eagles will camp for their training. New Eaglesâ€™ manager, Lars Lagerback is expected to inspect the facilities at RichardsbayÂ and make inputs on what he thinks will make him succeed.
Sports Vanguard gathered that on the trip will also beÂ the first vice President, Amanze Uchegbulam and the secretary general of the association, Bolaji Ojo-oba.
Lagerbackâ€™ two assistants are also expected to make the trip.
NFF considered the weather conditions and excellent facilities at the Richardsbay before choosing the place. Eagles spokesman Idah Peterside will be on hand to receive the team at Johannesburg before they will all move to the camp base.
â€œThere are other things that the delegation will do on arrival. Preparation for the World Cup kicks off with the trip,â€ one NFF source said on phone from Abuja yesterday.
â€œLagerback has already drawn up his World Cup programme. This will include intensive training and some friendly matches during the camping period. There are other details which will bedisclosed later.Â I can assure you that things are moving on smoothlyâ€, the NFF member said.
Eagles open their campaign in the World Cup against Argentina at the JFP Stadium, Johannesburg on June 12, play Greece June 17 at the Mangaung stadium, Bloemfontein while the last group match against Greece comes up on June 22 in Durban.
Nigeriaâ€™s best outing in the finals of the Mundial was a second round elimination by an experienced Italian side at the USA â€˜94 World Cup.