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Poland FA Assure Extremely Cold Weather Won’t Affect Super Eagles Friendly

Poland FA Assure Extremely Cold Weather Won’t Affect Super Eagles Friendly

By David Meshioye: Poland Football Association (PFA) have assured that Europe’s present extreme cold weather will not stop the proposed March 23 international friendly with Nigeria, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

PFA spokesman Jakub Kwiatkowski exclusively told CSN that the FA is not unaware of inherent climate change threats but assured that measures have been put in place to ensure that the game goes ahead smoothly as planned.


A cold front is presently sweeping across Europe, forcing the postponement of league matches in several countries as temperatures dip below zero.

The March 23 tune-up game with Poland in Wroclaw  is one of Super Eagles’ preparatory matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but there have been fears among Nigeria Football Federation officials that recent change in Europe’s weather conditions could affect the friendly.

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“Weather will change for sure and it can happen that it will be 15 degrees celsius by the time we play Nigeria in Wroclaw but you never know. Nigeria FA need not worry; it’s a modern stadium with heated pitch. Even now league games are played there,” Kwiatkowski exclusively told CSN.

Nigerian fans will pay 160 Polish Zloty (equivalent of N17,197.20) to buy a Category A ticket, while Category B and C tickets will cost N12,895.20 and N9,673.20 respectively. On the other hand, a child under the age of 12 years is going to pay 90 zB or N8, 593.20.

With this news the Nigerian embassy has started mobilizing the Super Eagles fans based in Poland to cheer the team. Nigerian fans are expected to be in the stands at the Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, which is the third largest stadium in Poland and has a capacity of approximately 42,000.

Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr will on March 7 release the official list of players that will prosecute friendly clash against Poland and Serbia.

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  • vincent Onuigwe 4 years ago

    Okay , we are waiting for the list tomorrow
    7th march , Only Joel Obi If in cloud will make us the fans happy , also inclusion of any experience goal keep that have been to world cup before will make our last back line strong , we needed a keep that can organized his back line when needed to do .

    Good luck Rohr the manager .

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 4 years ago

    Lets wait till tomorrow. Hope Omoba (Prince) Joel Obi will be among the eleven players. l am afraid at the Back side. Polish striker is one of the best in the World currently. Lets hope our back men will live up to our expectations and not expose Uzoho to our national embarrassment.

  • Can’t wait for the world cup anyway,I think Nigeria’s best midfielders based on current form are mikel,ndidi,etebo and maybe Joel obi if selected,the only problem we have in this team is the defence,kudos to troost and Leon, but these guys still have a lot to do,maximum concentration from start to finish.and for the goalkeeping department,I do not want to see that Akpeyi near the post,he might be a good goalkeeper,on a good day that guy can blow blunders..

  • Kingmaker 4 years ago


    An Open Letter.

    Attention: Coach Gernot Rohr & the NFF.


    Russia 2018 is only 99 Days away today and our preparations are ongoing as expected & tomorrow the 28 man list for Poland & Serbia duels will be made public.
    One reason several online sports media portals attract heavy traffic is due to their highlights on day to day activities of the forthcoming WC, as well as providing feedback mechanism for the public.
    We present one of such reactions on behalf of ourselves and majority of Nigerians who share our views but not in position to speak up.
    So, it’s a privilege to do this, and we don’t intend to abuse it.
    Nigerians are desirous of lifting the WORLD CUP this time around after several failed attempts.
    And, Why not?
    A sample of cross-section of opinions has revealed that majority of Nigeria’s soccer fans believe that the Super Eagles can win the WC, giving the right preparations.
    That said, the task ahead of the Team & Crew right now is to combine the right systems to achieve this goal.
    No one can do the job of the Coach better than the gaffer.
    However, as stakeholders, Nigerians can contribute to the on going discussions on how & what are needed to achieve this dream.
    Our studies show that our indigenous system of play have been largely responsible for our successes in global football till date.
    Nigeria have featured in 7 Fifa U-17 finals since 1985, winning Five (5) gold cups convincingly.
    She has featured in three (3) Fifa U-21 semifinals, winning 2 Silver & 1 Bronze Medals.
    Also, the Olympic U-23 men football finals, coming home with 1 Gold, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze.
    All within 33 years. These are no small feats.
    Some established Countries of the World, in football terms, don’t have these high profile records.
    England, USA, Holland, Mexico, France, Russia, Columbia, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, etc..are less successful in these categories as we have seen.
    So, what is the Nigerian Secret?
    Football is a team game, and a physical sport which requires lots of energy, intelligence, concentration, skill & determination for the entire duration of 90 min to win.
    Other factors that determine a winner are the technical & tactical engagements of the Coach upon good team preparation.
    All past winners of the WC have relied on these methods.
    But, the tactics of foreign Managers deployed have failed to produce results against a physically balanced Nigerian side in U-17 finals, especially.
    The Coach Emmanuel Amuneke’s led U-17 gold winning team of 2015 is the best ever Nigerian Team, in my opinion, since 1973.
    That team had all the winning elements, in quality and physical robustness, in addition to its fluidity.
    The Team exhibited the playing style and characteristics of its gaffer..
    That team won bcos it took GRA-GRA Football approach to its most refined form & expression.
    Gra-gra system of football is an indigenous grassroot style of play common in Nigeria, and in Edo-Delta, especially.
    It deploys robust attack & defensive play, involving everyone chasing after the ball & the boy.
    It is fiercely fought in the midfield to determine control and dominion.
    It is a duel, a rumble, only the strong survives.
    In Warri where I had my elementary education, it is called Gra-gra. It was the style.. unorthodox.
    Wilson Oruma & Oghenekaro Etebo are typically the best expressions of this play at the international level.
    Today, we have Nigerians playing technical gra-gra across Europe, Wilfred Ndidi for example, his statistics amazes the media.
    Here, players chase down the ball, until the boy is disposed of the ball.
    Gra-gra is physical, technical, intensive, gritty, exhausting, energetic, effective & rewarding in the end.
    It leaves your opponents panting, fatigued, worn-out, fainting & capitulating.
    Gra-gra thrives on player’s fitness & high work rates.
    Europe, Asia or South American football don’t have answers to this method of robust play.
    Neymar said of Nigeria after the WC draw, ..”they run a lot and are very physical in their approach.. Happy to avoid them”
    He was making reference to ‘Nigerian Gra-gra play’.
    If Nigeria is serious, and hungry to WIN the WC, please Gra-gra system is what Gernot Rohr must continue to anchor on in whatever approach he might choose.
    Our football administrators should start building tactics around it.
    We saw Argentina; players were left panting & Aguero fainting (later hospitalised) in their high profile FIFA exhibition match last November in Russia.
    Boastful & arrogant Argentina fell by 2-4 to Gra-gra. (Watch it again).
    Algeria were in awe; Etebo & Ogu stampeded & rustled them.
    Cameroon & Zambia were also in rude shock.
    Our players are already high on Gra-gra. Onazi, Etebo, Ndidi, Ogu, Iheanacho, Musa, Ighalo, Mikel, Moses & co are Gra-gra masters.
    They rustle, roughen & stampede opponents until the ball is recovered, & the midfield subdued.
    It might not always be fluid but it is efficient & effective in getting the points.
    I love the system bcos it’s where our dominance & victory lie.
    Believe it or not, it was Gra-gra that gave us the WC ticket.
    With well coordinated Gra-gra approach, i am confident Nigeria can WIN the WC.
    Gra-gra gives Nigeria a clear edge over European, Asian & Latin American teams.
    With FIFA’s highest decision making organ giving the assurances that the best Nation can win, it has sent a good signal that the Fifa global event can be won by an African Country.
    Nigeria can Win it, and should, trust me.
    Coaches must jettison political pressure to apply federal quota in selection of the best players. Or, forget everything.
    To be crowned champions only requires Winning 7 straight High Profile Matches.
    SE must go for the crown.
    The potential is there; the pedigree, & foundation for success has already been laid.
    Only Nigeria can defeat Nigeria.
    Should this be allowed to happen?
    No. Failure is not an option!
    Let us give 100% support to the SE, the Crew & Nff.
    It’s our year!
    I vote for Gra-gra..
    Thank you for reading.
    Good luck, Super Eagles!

  • Bestsports. 4 years ago

    Croatia have world class Talents littered all over their team. Hmmmm if they gear Nigeria is Blown away! Argentina has got Messi, Dybala, Aguero, Higuien, Icardi, Di Maria, Romero, Rojo, Otamedi, Macherano etc! Could their sensational Attack sudenly flatter? If they do it Hmmm Nigeria will get a trashing. Iceland can feel they could continue to kill giants like they’ve been doing! Nigeria has got to play three games of their lives if they’ve got a chance at all.

    • Winning the first two matches is what we should focus on otherwise the last match against Argentina won’t be another friendly o.

    • You mention Otamedi and Macherano? Iheanacho and Iwobi silenced them last time. As for the other mighty Argentines, they have neutralising equivalents in the SE. Musa will play. If Messi scores 2, Musa will score 3. You have little faith. You will see.

  • DIUTO NWACHUKWU 4 years ago