The team’s Scribe, Dayo Enebi Achor, confirmed that “All logistics have been perfected by the NFF Leadership. Hopefully by Thursday the team should be off to Abidjan to complete the process of qualifying for the first time for the CHAN tournament after two near misses”.
As the technical crew intensified preparation, the Head Coach Stephen Keshi has changed the training schedule from morning to evening time to coincide with the time the CHAN qualifier final round qualifier game will be played on Saturday in Abidjan.
The players were given a free day on Sunday 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 on Monday evening.
The team is billed 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 Head Coach Stephen Keshi.
“We expect a tight game but we are talking of the national team and we expect nothing other than victory”, Team Coordinator, Emmanuel Atta said.
Meanwhile, Coach Keshi on Saturday extended a hand of fellowship to the National Deaf and Dumb team which is currently preparing for a tourney abroad with the donation of a hefty
set of boots and shin guards to the team.
The donation was made after the national team’s training session at the FIFA Goal Project site, where the other team has also been training daily, sometimes keeping the national team to wait on them to resume training.
Keshi said the donation was to encourage the team to excel at the forthcoming tournament as he has been very impressed with the way and manner the team has been going about their preparation for their tournament.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the team, Coach Peter thanked the national team coach for the gesture and promised that the team will do its best to give a good account of itself at the tourney that it was heading for outside the country.