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Sierra Leone Vs Nigeria: Why It Was Important For Super Eagles To Train In Lagos

Sierra Leone Vs Nigeria:  Why It Was Important For Super Eagles To Train In Lagos

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Ibrahim Gusau has explained why it was important for the Super Eagles to prepare for Sunday’s 2023 AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos.

Speaking to the players on Friday during dinner, Gusau stated that the pitch at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, venue of the match is similar to that of Mobolaji Johnson Arena hence the decision to train in Lagos.

“Your stay in Lagos has been wonderful because I know for the last one year or more we have not been in Lagos for this kind of camping. But due to the kind of pitch we are going to play on in Monrovia which is just a little bit similar to the Mobolaji Johnson Arena and to my own thinking the stadium here is even better than that one (in Monrovia) that is why we decided that you people should be in Lagos.

“At least we know it’s not easy but it is better we start from here so that when we get there it would not be difficult for us and I hope we are all ready for the match on Sunday Insha Allah.“

Gusau thanked the players for cutting short their holidays to honour the invitation for the AFCON qualifier.

“I know it’s not easy, you just finished your season and instead of you to go and rest and be with your family and go for your holidays but still football must continue. By the grace of God after Sunday you can go back to rest and prepare for your pre-season matches.

“I just want to thank all of you for honouring this invitation to serve your country as you always do by the grace of God we will do our best despite all the difficulties, financial difficulties and economic situation of the country we will do our best to ensure that at least we support you so that we can make Nigerians happy.“

Former NFF president and current FIFA Council Member, Amaju Pinnick, was also present to encourage the players.

Pinnick urged the players and officials to support the NFF president, charging them to make sure the first trophy that would be won under Gusau’s tenure would be the 2023 AFCON.

“First I want to thank the NFF president for upholding that culture of what we started, oneness in the Super Eagles and I appreciate him (Gusau) because he is a good man who listens and who wants to work and develop you so you players must work for the country and also work for him. If you people know of one 10th of football administrators up through in this country you will appreciate us better.

“His (Gusau) first major trophy will be the AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire and that’s why I’m here. Forget all those faces you see in Senegal and all those people, you are better than them. Who is better than Osimhen, who is better than Chukwueze who is better than Kenneth who is better than Awoniyi even Musa, who is better than you people. But on the pitch of play is what you people will demonstrate atvevery point in time. You have a good technical crew so by Sunday I know we have already qualified by God’s grace.

“So trust me I will always be by the NFF president to support him, I will always. Like I told him there were something that we did that were not good, throw those things away take only the things that are good and carry it on.“

Head coach Jose Peseiro thanked the players for their commitment during preparation for Sunday’s game.

“I want to thank the players you are all fantastic, you have given 100 per cent and more for the country and family, they don’t come here for money but they are here to fight for the country.

“On behalf of the players I would only ask the NFF president to continue to do the maximum for us and I promise you they will continue to fight for the country.“

Eagles captain Ahmed Musa assured that the team will fight hard to secure the win in Monrovia.

“There’s nothing we can do just to win the game on Sunday Insha Allah and we are assuring you guys and all Nigerians we are going there to win the game.”

A win or a draw against Sierra Leone will be enough for the Super Eagles to qualify for next year’s AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire.

The Eagles are currently in second place behind Guinea-Bissau in Group A.

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  • Ako Amadi 1 year ago

    Nigerians love feasting and making speeches. When it comes to practical things they’re technical illiterates

  • Pissero has been Compromised Ladies and Gentlemen he is singing to the tunes of the corrupt NFF president. Nigeria football is going nowhere. Even if we change coach as long as the imcoming coach is not a Guardiola or Ferguson or Mourinhio someone with a high status that will intimidate the NFF as we all know Nigerians are intimidated by people with money and stature. As long as the coach and new coach is of the same low standard fianacial status as peseiro interms of a top coach. They will always be compromised by the abrasive NFF

  • Hilary Duncan . k . 1 year ago

    I just love former nff president.
    He is a good leader.very fantastic one indeed. God bless you for showing up at the camp.

  • bolanle 1 year ago

    You just took it from me. What the hell is he doing in camp. Seems he hasn’t dropped the reigns of NFF

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