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Super Eagles Train On ‘Artificial Pitch’ Ahead Cape Verde Clash

Super Eagles Train On ‘Artificial Pitch’ Ahead Cape Verde Clash

The Super Eagles trained at the Legacy Pitch (National Stadium, Lagos) on Saturday ahead of their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matchday two encounter against Cape Verde, Completesports.com reports.

Tuesday’s game will be played on an artificial turf ( Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena, Mindelo), hence the need to train on a similar ground.

Gernot Rohr’s men defeated the Lone Star of Liberia 2-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Friday.

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Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored both goals in the first half.

Cape Verde on the other hand were held to a 1-1 draw by Central African Republic in their opening fixture.

The Super Eagles will leave Lagos on Monday morning for the game.

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  • Good foresight. Good, early preparation. Way to go! You guys are listening.

  • Nice one there from the coach….. victory is certain.

  • pompei 2 years ago

    “Gernot Rohr’s men defeated the Lone Star of Liberia 2-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Friday”.
    Actually, we should substitute LONE STAR OF LIBERIA with NFF, because our boys had to defeat the NFF’s incompetence to get this result.
    From gobe at the hotel to the worst pitch in the world cup qualifiers this weekend, worldwide.
    It was SE 2 NFF 0.

    • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

      I watched all the highlights of the African worldcup qualifiers and I can confidently say we had the worst pitch. I was surprised the Central African Repubublic had a better pitch and stadium. Nigeria is really a failed nation.

      • Baijai007 2 years ago

        CAR actually played in Cameroon. We can however do better than that eyesore we watched on Friday.

        • KangA 2 years ago

          Can Pinnick (NFF) and Dare (minister) purge themselves of bad belly, petty jealousies, and outright wickedness and RETURN TO UYO for the SE games? What they are doing is to chop off their nose to spite their face.


  • pompei 2 years ago

    Footballfanatic, our pitch was BY FAR the worst pitch. It was not even close.
    NFF ONIGBESE continues to disgrace the whole country with their corruption, incompetence and nonchalant attitude.
    I mentioned some weeks back that if obtaining a suitable stadium within Nigeria is beyond our reach, we might as well swallow our pride and contact our neighbors Cameroon or Benin Republic to bail us out. I was joking then, but now, it looks like we better begin to think about renting from these countries.
    It will be much better for our boys to be playing on a good surface even if it isn’t at home, than to be at home and be playing on a potato farm.

  • pompei 2 years ago

    But come to think of it, renting stadia will not work.
    Before you can say JACK ROBINSON, NFF ONIGBESE will default on payment, and will start owing rent. Of course the countries owed will shut the doors to their facilities, and we will be back to square one….playing international matches on potato farms.

  • Mr Hush 2 years ago


    I understand where you coming from.
    Everyone who saw the game, know we played against Liberia and the pitch.
    The powers that be just showed us a masterclass in incompetence.

    But I have to say, the problem in Nigeria isn’t because of lack of facilities; The problem is maintaining such facilities and keeping it to the standard of the time. There lies our incompetence and lack of proactiveness.

    There are stadia scattered all around the country; Port Harcourt, Calabar , Abuja, Uyo,Asaba,Lagos, etc. They just need to be maintained and standardised with the time.
    Most of this stadia just need a face lift and upgrade (and I mean quality upgrade). Just like the old stadia in Europe,the Americas are maintained and standardised with the time.
    From the pitch,sitting area and internal area , they just need to be modernised, standardised and maintained.
    For example, nothing is stopping the Lagos state government from giving the Teslim Balogun stadium a total uplift and upgrade. That ediffice should be an all covered stadium. The pitch should have an underneath heating system and obviously, a draining system.
    If a club like Enyimba could get a good playing pitch fixed ,why not a whole State and nation.
    But we all know no matter how much we cry, those in charge would do nothing. They are inept that way. Even if they do. It would never be of quality. They are corrupt that way. And if by some miracle,they do give us something quality, it would never be maintained. They are negligent that way.
    But we will continue to cry till something is done right. We are built that way. Grit.

    Such a shame,a great country like Nigeria is been put to ridicule by saboteurs who call themselves leaders.

  • Pinnick, swallow your false pride and return our darling SE matches to Uyo… Don’t be a ridiculous young-old Man!

  • pompei 2 years ago

    Mr. Hush, if Nigeria is a great country, it shouldn’t always be by mouth that we make it known. All we do is talk, talk, talk! Nigeria nowadays sounds like a BROKEN RECORD. Repetitive, incoherent, noisy. We should demonstrate our greatness, not with excessive talk, but with actions and achievements!
    Indeed, as you pointed out, the country is being put to shame by some of its leaders….saboteurs, quoting you.
    When I say we don’t have facilities, I believe I’m correct. Let me illustrate. If you Mr. Hush have $100 in $1 notes in your pocket, and each note is so torn and tattered, nobody will accept it from you, do you still have $100?
    Yes, we have what looks like facilities scattered around the country, but most if not all are rotting away in disrepair.
    How then can we say we have facilities, when they are not up to standard? When they are useless?
    The only facilities that are well maintained are privately owned. The government owned facilities are in a shocking state of poor maintenance.
    If our leaders had any shame, the criticism and disgust Nigerians have been expressing for years now would have moved them to action. But here we are, in 2021, and there is no stadium in the whole country that is good enough to host the SE? If there are good stadia anywhere in Nigeria, then NFF ONIGBESE need to explain to Nigerians the criteria for the selection of Teslim Balogun stadium.

    • Has anyone observed that Nigeria doesn’t have a standard soccer pitch for eagles without those running track lines. Ani awòn Leaders yii wan gbadun. The don’t mean business. Football is a big business and they can’t see it

    • Mr Hush 2 years ago


      I appreciate your write up and nice analogy with the dollar notes. I totally concur.

      But when I talk about the greatness of Nigeria , I go beyond the State but more so , the people. You,I and the many great Nigerians doing us proud, locally and world wide despite the shortcomings of the Nigerian state. We are all the positive left.

      Our greatness lies in the people. Point in case, the Super Eagles still got a result on a pitch that could have been a sabotage to their effort.

      We all know the problem in this country and well know there is no will or brains to get them fixed by the people in charge. So all we got right now is hope and our speech.
      We keep sounding it to their ears till it’s done. Cause it can be done.

      Hopefully, some day,we get to have clean dollar notes , though a clean Naira equivalent would be just as good..

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