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Friendly: Home-based Eagles To Play New Zealand In November 

Friendly: Home-based Eagles To Play New Zealand In November 

There are plans for the home-based Super Eagles to face New Zealand in an international friendly game in November.

This was disclosed by Eagles media officer Babafemi Raji.

According to Raji, the game against New Zealand is one of the friendlies planned by the NFF for the home-based players.

Also Read: BELOW AVERAGE: Super Eagles’ Rating Vs Mexico

In the early hours of Sunday, the Eagles took on Mexico in a high profile friendly in Los Angeles where they were hammered 4-0.

And speaking after the game against Mexico Raji, speaking to Brila FM all the way from the US said:”What the players  (home-based) are anticipating now is the next outings which will be in October.

“When the NFF president spoke to the players, trying to motivate the team, he talked about the plans already on the ground for them. So hopefully in October the team will be playing Canada, Cameroon and Ghana, there will be three matches or there about organised for them.

“While on November, we hear there are plans for them to play New Zealand. So it means there is heavily loaded programme for the home-based players.”

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  • Steve 3 weeks ago

    The NFF leadership are just headless, why waste precious friendly windows on home base when the main super Eagles are nothing to write home about ?..can’t we use these windows to gel our senior national team than wasting it on the home base eagles !!..Please Rohr should re-sign if he has no more work to deliver , our national teams are in tatters and no body is doing anything about it.When all these teams hammers Nigeria I don’t think we will be in number 100 in fifa ranting!!

    • Jide Dola 3 weeks ago

      The friendly is waisted opportunity, yes I agree with you, buh why mentioning Rohr like he’s the fault here. Rohr was not even ready to involve himself yet you are mentioning Rohr. Is like G. Rohr is Nff president/coach now

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

    The fact is that it will be a brand new set of Home based players that will be called up by November if the report is true. I’m sure Raji means the main SuperEagles especially if it’s in a FIFA window. CSN are just changing the mans words to make the Home Based players feel good. By November I can guarantee anyone who cares to listen that 90% of the players on parade yesterday will not be anywhere to be found by then. If there will be any friendly against New Zealand in November and it will be prosecuted by Home based players I’m absolutely certain that it will a brand new set of Home based players that will be called up. By November! Are you kidding me? All these boys would’ve fled to oblivion by then. Lmao!! If it’s in a FIFA window it will be the mainstream SuperEagles that will play the friendlies as we will be preparing for the AFCON by then. This news is just misleading.

    • JimmyBall 3 weeks ago

      … What will a friendly against New Zealand offer mainstream Super Eagle? If they have the resources to organize games against mostly African oppositions like Congo, Botswana, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia, and if outside FIFA window, I see no reason why Homebased should not be allowed to play those games… The irony is that… Countries like Germany(even now that they are not so good), Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Portugal would not even want to play us (Main Super Eagles) now in a friendly because they think we will offer them no real test… they see no gain in doing so commercialwise and Sportswise… A-rate teams will only be interested in playing against our main team when World Cup Qualifications have happened and we are able to be one of the representatives from Africa… Till then, we will have to wait and only enjoy games like next upcoming world cup qualifiers and next Afcon for our main team… Before then, if the home lads can qualify and make a statement in ChAN… then it will still be all gains!

  • Just so funny.

  • Let them kuku tell us that NFF wants to run football academy for our local players.

    • True point them wan sell market at the expense of development and FIFA ranking.

  • KangA 3 weeks ago

    I keep wondering who sold this clueless NFF the idea of focusing on H-B Eagles at the expense of the A-team. Is this the time to experiment with raw talents when high-stake matches are just months away? We think that without deliberate practice and hardening the A team into a resilient force we can just stroll into Cameroon and pick the AFCON gold? While other countries are practicing and correcting lapses, Nigeria is trying to catch a fly caught in a gale with bare hands. And later we’d start wailing that we missed the AFCON.

    We either don’t have any strategy at all or the strategy we have is stinkingly poor and useless.

    Sometimes I wonder what NFF members discuss in their various group meetings. I suppose all the members are paperweight yes-men. Without setting a defined goal, mapping out the right strategies, practising the requisite skills and correcting lapses, success will remain ever-elusive. These steps have been proven from the hunter-gatherer stage of human development to the present time. Neglect it and you already know the outcome of your dreams.

  • Adisboy 3 weeks ago

    @Aphilldegreat, It will not be the main Super Eagles as the main squad would be playing the World Cup qualifiers in September, October & November. Even Rohr will be with them as he’ll busy with the main team

  • Sunnyb 3 weeks ago

    Oh God not again home worthless players, I haven’t recovered from the embarrassment and serious disrespect from the Mexicans on July 3rd.folks I think UN should the world a favor by taking over Nigeria, this failed country is not progressing nothing works in that Zoo, for real folks we should stop blaming Rohr,Nigeria’s problems are bigger than Rohr. Bad news everyday, Fulanis destroying everything, our local players looks like Somalian kids. I stand with Yoruba nation and Igbo nation maybe this will stop some of the bleeding.

  • Dr Banks 3 weeks ago

    Now the real motive for this clamour for NPFL players in SE is coming out clearly, I can’t believe that our leaders are jettisoning the brand name SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA for short term personal financial gains while the country football fans suffer undue heartbreak following strings of embarrassing results.

    And I use to respect this man Pinnick before now, never knew he could be this disillusioned as to think that mere exposure of non-talented and poorly trained players will make them suitable to so called big teams like Real Madrid, Arsenal, Barca, Man City, Liverpool, Lille, Villarreal etc. as he mentioned. They can’t even make up as training materials in these Team’s U-23. It is not by accident that they are currently stuck in NPFL, a Golden fish has no hiding place, if they were good enough, they would’ve been spotted before they turned 20 and get good offers in Europe or made any of our Age-grade National teams where they will be flourish and better noticed and appreciated by European clubs.

    A case in point is Osimhen and Terrem, Terrem was initially in the 2015 Golden Eaglet while Osimhen was unknown at that time but someone spotted Osimhen’s talent, called up Amunike and the rest was history. Terrem lost out of the team then but as his talents is never in Doubt, he went on to prove himself in a small league and in no time found himself in the top 5 league doing absolutely well. It took only 3 years for Zaidu to move from a 3rd division team to FC PORTO’s first team and become a regular performer in Champion’s League Knockout stages. Marcus who is in Division 2 in Portugal only needed 15 mins on the pitch for SE to convince all of us that he’s got a big potential while IWUALA has been toiling and puffing over 5 Caps but yet to convince anyone that he’s a se material.

    Our dear SE should not be used as exposure vehicle for the benefit of theses agents, rather improve our Age-grade and CHAN teams to ensure they qualify for major tournaments where these players will be noticed better. Any player that is above 23 yrs of age and not deemed good enough for these teams has no business going to Europe unless he wants to be a ball boy for his team.

    Pinnick………..please focus on developing our league, ensure proper programs for U-15, U-17, U-20, U-23 and CHAN Eagles and automatically there’ll be progress and our dear SE will have a large pool of Pristine talents to pick from. The world conquering 2013 and 2015 Golden Eaglets benefitted immensely from such programs where we started assembling the Iheanachos right from the U-13 WHERE THEY WERE TRAINED ALL THE RUDIMENTS OF SOCCER before they progressed into the U-17, these set of U-13 boys made up the bulk of the 2013 and 2015 glorious boys that we are enjoying the dividends in the SE today. Posterity shall judge you rightly Pinnick because your regime benefitted from the foundation laid down for you by your predecessor while you are not making any tangible effort to leave any legacy behind for the upcoming NFF President. It has never happened before 2020, that Nigeria will fail to qualify for ALL AGE GRADE World championships from U-17 to Olympic U-23 except during the time we were banned

  • All those Saying that this game was not recognised by FIFA should note that Mexico fielded their strongest squad. I.e Victor Osimhen’s fellow Napoli team mate Hirvin “Chucky” Lozano was playing so was a host of other Mexico stars. I feel their is more at play. I fear NFF have began their lets shoot our Super Eagles in the foot. They are forcefully Imposing Home Based players on Rohr.. Without his consent.


    Our best players dont spend more than a year or two in the Nigerian league. Most of them never get to play in our league before going to Europe or other African or Asian countries. People use the fact that South Africa, Egypt and Tunisia use their home-based players. These leagues retain their very best and just a few travel out. Those are leagues where you have quality players stay for up to ten/fifteen straight years because of better infrastructure and payment structures period. i.e. Abu Terica of Egypt spent all his playing days in Al-Ahly, A player of that quality will be out of Nigeria after one season. The problem is that we dont have a league that can keep our best players for up to 5 years. PERIOD.


  • Ugo Iwunze 3 weeks ago

    THE ABOVE IS One Of Our TOP NPFL TEAMS KANO PILLARS TRAINING INFRASTRUCTURE. And this is how we will compete with the best teams in the world.. NFF officials and top brass are a bunch of Crooked devils. that need to be delt with SERIOUSLY!!!

  • This nff president is a bunch of disgrace na God go punish this pinnick i think say na better person i nor no say na foolish man.