BY OKEY NDIRIBE
President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Aminu Maigari has said that the Under_23 National Team needs nothing less than victory against Morocco on November 26, to keep the team’s hope of qualifying for the Football event of the 2012 London Olympics alive.
Maigari said this while speaking to sports journalists in Abuja yesterday. He further stated that everything needed by the team been provided to ensure that they qualify for the 2012 London Olympics adding that this was because it was NFF’s last hope of ensuring a Nigerian national team participates in an international competition next year.
He further stated that Ibadan, the Oyo State capital had been approved for camping the team in line with the recommendations of Technical Committee of the NFF stressing that the choice was made in order for the team to be taken away from Abuja to avoid distractions and enable them concentrate more on training for the forth_coming matches.
According to him: “From Ibadan, the team would be flown to Faroe in Portugal. NFF has an agreement with the authorities at Faroe for camping all the national teams”.
He further stated that the recent trip embarked upon by the Coach of the team Augustine Eguavon and the Chairman of NFF Technical Committee Chris Green was not a jamboree as been speculated in some quarters but for the purpose of securing the release of some of the players who are playing professional football in Europe to enable them play in the team’s match scheduled for November 26, 2011.