June 30, 2009

Eagles: Nigeria cancel friendly before Tunisia game

The secretary-general   of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Bolaji Ojo-Oba, has announced that the country will not play a warm-up game before their World Cup qualifier against Tunisia in Abuja on September 6. Nigeria were on line for a friendly against Argentina before the Tunisia match in Abuja.



“The European season would have commenced fully by August 12 and our players would be struggling for first-team shirts at their respective clubs,” argued Ojo-Oba.

“If we get them to play the friendly, that could affect them in that regard. “However, the team will play a friendly after the game against Tunisia in Abuja.”

Head of the NFF technical committee, Taiwo Ogunjobi, said last week that the association was considering a warm-up against a North African team, just like Tunisia, for August.

Nigeria coach, Shuaibu Amodu, has already turned down a proposal for the Super Eagles to take on Uruguay in an August friendly in London, insisting he would prefer an African opposition. Tunisia lead Group Two with seven points from three matches, while Nigeria are second and two points adrift.