Nigeria will play Sudan again early next year barely a few months after both countries clashed in the qualifiers for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
The Eagles lost in Sudan and won in Abuja in the reverse fixture but it was not enough as they crashed out of reckoning for the African mundial after failing to beat South Africa in their final game.
Next year’s game will however not be a competitive one and has been made possibe following the withdrawal of the Les Aiglons of Mali from an earlier arrangement with Nigeria.
Mali’s withdrawal,according to a release by the Nigeria Football Federation is due to the change of plan by the Federation Malienne de Football concerning the Les Aiglons’ final camping ahead of the 30th Africa Cup of finals in Equatorial Guinea.
This has slightly altered the programme of the Super Eagles’ B for their January tour of United Arab Emirates.
With this change, the Eagles B, bronze medallists at the 3rd African Nations Championship held in South Africa early this year, will now play Cote d’Ivoire and Sudan instead.
The game against the Elephants, 1992 African champions and Super Eagles’ quarter final victims at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations also held in South Africa, comes up on January 11, while the clash with the Falcons of Sudan will come up on January 17.
In view of these changes, the players invited to camp at the Bolton White Apartments, Abuja are now expected to arrive on Tuesday, 30th December, and not 28th December as earlier planned.
Meanwhile, former Swiss junior international, Steven Effiong Archibong Ukoh, whose application to represent Nigeria at senior level was recently approved by world football–governing body, FIFA, has confirmed his availability for the mini-tour. He becomes the 25th player on the invitation