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2016 CHAN: Eagles get 2-day Christmas break

Abuja – The Home-based Super Eagles have been given a two-day break to enable them to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones.

Toyin Ibitoye, the Super Eagles’ Media Officer, announced this during interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja on Monday.

Ibitoye said the break would begin on Dec. 24 to Dec. 25.

According to Ibitoye, the players are expected to return to camp on Dec. 26, for resumption of training on Dec. 27.

“There will be no training on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25; so, they have been told to go and spend the days with their family members if they wish to do so.

“But those who are not willing to travel can stay in the camp; those who travelled are expected to return on Dec. 26, while training resumes on Dec. 27’’, Ibitoye said.

He also told NAN that two Dream Team VI players, Usman Mohammed and Bature Yaro arrived camp on Monday afternoon before joining the team’s training in the evening.

The players’ arrival had increased the number of players in camp to 25, as defender Kalu Orji of Enugu Rangers was expected to join after Christmas.

Ibitoye, however, dismissed report in some quarters that Orji had been replaced due to injury.

He said: “I don’t know where the story of Kalu’s replacement emanated from; he is joining us after the Christmas break and nobody is replacing him.’’

“He has a little matter to solve which necessitated the time given to him to arrive in camp.’’

NAN reports that 26 home-based Super Eagles players reported to the team’s camp on Dec. 14 in preparation for the 2016 CHAN scheduled to hold in Rwanda between Jan. 16 and Feb. 7.

The team is being handled by assistant coaches Salisu Yusuf and Belgian Jean Loscuito as well as goalkeeper trainer, Aloy Agu.

Head Coach Sunday Oliseh is expected to join the team in South Africa in January for the last phase of camping for the championship. (NAN)


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