Lars Lagerbackâ€™s planned introductory meeting with his squad will now hold in Abuja next month following the refusal of European clubs to release players for this week.The Nigeria coach has yet to meet with his team with just over two months to the World Cup and had plannedthe London gathering to speak with his players.
NFF President Sani Lulu Abdullahi, however, said over the weekend that the arrangement had to be shelved.
â€œThe clubs have told us that they are at a very critical stage in the season and cannot afford to release their players even for one day to travel to London, so we decided to reschedule the meeting,â€ Lulu said.
The new date is now expected to be between May 19 and 20 with the players scheduled to be hosted to a farewell dinner on the night of May 20 before heading off to London for their planned camping and friendly international against Colombia the day after.
â€œThe Abuja meeting is very central to the World Cup plans of the NFF,â€ Lulu said. â€œAt the meeting, we will make everything clear to the players regarding camp allowances, match bonuses and the philosophy of the World Cup programmes.â€