HomeNigeria National Teams

23 Players Sweat Through Home Eagles’ Thursday Morning Training

23 Players Sweat Through Home Eagles’ Thursday Morning Training

Twenty-three players took part in the home-based Eagles’ training on Thursday morning, ahead of next month’s friendly against Mexico.

Super Eagles media officer, Babafemi Raji, disclosed this.

The training took place at the Goal Project in Abuja under the watchful eyes of NFF’s technical director Austin Eguavoen, who will be in charge of the team for the friendly.

Also Read: Boston Celtics To Appoint Nigeria’s Ime Udoka New Coach

He revealed that the evening exercise will take place at the training pitch of the Aguiyi Ironsi barracks.

The friendly between Nigeria and Mexico is billed for July 4th in Low Angeles, USA.

This will be the fourth time both countries will face each other in a friendly with the previous three ending in draws.

Their first ever encounter was in the third-place match at the 1995 King Fahd Cup  (now FIFA Confederations Cup) which the Mexicans won 5-4 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1.

completesports classifieds

Fastest Paying Betting Site in Nigeria: Grab your 140% First Time Deposit Bonus Now — www.Sportybet.Com

Copyright © 2021 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.



  • The homebased Super Eagles have finally started their journey of making Nigeria proud in the next CHAN and WAFU competitions by training to take on Mexico in the July 4 friendly.

    The next African Nations Championship will hold in Algeria in January 2023 while the next WAFU was actually scheduled for Nigeria this year.

    The Super Eagles “B” had been woefully unsuccessful in these tournaments in recent times having failed to qualify for the last CHAN tournament held in Cameroon this year. Back then, the Nigeria Professional Football League was often stop-start, perhaps more of stops than starts and league matches weren’t shown on television.

    But things are looking promising this season as the current campaign has been running to schedule with games available live on the revolutionary NPFL app and on telly.

    The quality of the football on display has steadily improved with games becoming more interesting to watch.

    As per continental football, Nigerian club-sides are still blowing cold air with their brand of football not yet compelling enough to turn them into the force they once were at that level. This sees them crashing out early in CAF competitions after being made to look amateurish by their more technically grounded and tactically astute continental counterparts.

    But at least homebased players are now fit, active and match ready for national assignments. When the domestic season in Nigeria runs to schedule, homebased players perform well in Super Eagles colours. They came runners up in WAFU and CHAN competitions of 2017 and 2018 respectively.

    Contrary to views held in certain quarters, there are genuine talents in the domestic scene. Sadly, sub-standard coaching, archaic equipment, poor facilities, meager remuneration and poor grilling and atrocious playing conditions are a few of the factors that do not allow domestic talents to be adequately unlocked, harnessed and groomed to higher levels.

    Also, the league is not attracting enough younger talents as these ones are finding their way from academies straight to Europe. Most of the players available for selection from the NPFL can only expect to be at optimum level for just a few years as they are already either at their peak or way past their prime. Which is why I will always say that what we find in the NPFL are STS (short term solutions) players.

    Short or long term, these players will be eager to prove their worth against Mexico in the friendly in July. Questions are being asked about the inclusion and exclusion of certain players but this is not unusual with the release of any squad lists.

    I am expecting an open and exciting game that should make good viewing for the neutrals. This Super Eagles have nothing to prove as they have already been written off by a large section of their own fans. This should have the effect of making them play with freedom and vitality.

    Whatever happens, this homebased Super Eagles should not be overawed.