The Super Eagles of Nigeria are expected to jet out for Abidjan on Thursday through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, team scribe, Dayo Enebi Achor has confirmed.

The Eagles will be taking on the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday in the return leg of the African Nations Championship, CHAN. The Eagles have a 4-1 advantage from the first leg played in Kaduna penultimate Saturday.

“All logistics have been perfected by the NFF leadership, he said, adding, “hopefully, by Thursday the team should be off to Abidjan to complete the process of qualifying for the first time for CHAN after two near misses”, he said.

Abidjan Showdown … Director General, National Orientation Agency(NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri (2nd left), Chief Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Mr. Stephen Keshi (3rd left) and other members of the coaching crew pose with members of the Home Based Super Eagles after their training exercise at the National Stadium, Abuja last Thursday.
Ready for Abidjan Showdown …

Meanwhile, the team will from today alter their training schedule to evening time to coincide with the time the CHAN qualifier final round qualifier game will be played on Saturday in Abidjan, Head Coach Stephen Keshi has directed.

The players were given a free day yesterday after a hectic training session on Saturday morning that lasted for over two hours with the technical crew saying the training was necessary to keep the players in top shape ahead of the return to training today in the evening.

Saturday’s training session which was watched by NFF Technical Director, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme and the popular All Stars Club of Abuja, was a delight to watch as the coaches sought to instill discipline in the team ahead of the game in Abidjan.

Meanwhile, the team will take on the Pastor Chinedu and Dr Oby Ezekwesili inspired, ‘The Everlasting Arms Parish ‘(TEAP) FC in a test game on Tuesday evening at the Goal Project site in Abuja. The last time both sides met last year, the Super Eagles laboured to a slim 1-0 win, in a game that was described as one of the best test matches for the team by Coach Stephen Keshi.

Team Coordinator, Emmanuel Atta, said he expects another testy tie from the opposition after last week’s 1-0 win over FC Abuja in another test game. “We expect a tight game but we are talking of the national team and we expect nothing other than victory”, he said.

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