Eagles begin camping on Sunday, NFF finalises flight arrangement for team

The Super Eagles are expected to start arriving in their Abuja camp…on October 2.                                       PHOTO: AFP.

The Super Eagles are expected to start arriving in their Abuja camp…on October 2. PHOTO: AFP.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday confirmed that players and officials of the Super Eagles will begin camping in preparation for their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia on October 2.

Nigeria will begin the final phase of the Russia 2018 qualifying series on October 9 when they meet the Chipolopolo in Ndola.Reacting to a CNN that it cannot fly the Super Eagles to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Ndola, the NFF said the report was misleading and assured Nigerians that it had concluded arrangements on getting players and officials of the Super Eagles to Abuja for the training camp, getting the team to and from Zambia and getting the players back to their various clubs after the national assignment.
 
It prayed for the support of Nigerians at this time, and also urged that the players to be allowed to focus on the task of qualifying the nation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Although it admitted that it was facing some financial challenges as a result of the current state of Nigeria’s economy, the federation said matters would never get to the point of the country being unable to get its national team to the venue of a competitive match or championship.
 
Meanwhile, when Zambia meets Nigeria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier, they will appear in a new set of jerseys.Africanfootball.com reports that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) general secretary, Ponga Liwewe, spoke to the media ahead of the crucial encounter.

“We are working to make sure Chipolopolo can be dressed in the new kit as they play Nigeria,” Liwewe told Zambia Post.FAZ had a sponsorship agreement with American company Nike, which expired in 2014 and they are now linked with Italian company Kappa.The association has also been linked with little-known Asian kit maker, Mafro in the past.



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