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U-23 AFCON: NFF Stop U-23 Eagles From League Matches

U-23 AFCON: NFF Stop U-23 Eagles From League Matches

The Nigeria Football Federation have announced on their official website that from Sunday no player in the U-23 Eagles camp will be released to honour any league match until further notice.

According to a statement signed by the NFF Deputy General Secretary, Emmanuel Ikpeme, the notification has become necessary because the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal is just around the corner.

He says it is worrisome that due to the regular requests by clubs whose players are in camp, for weekly league matches, the coaches of the U-23 team hardly have up to 10 players to work with at a time, insisting that this is unacceptable to the NFF.

As a result, the rules guiding the release of players from the national camp will be fully applied, meaning rescheduling of league matches (where a team has more than four players in a camp) or two players to be released, and non-release of players where a team has not more than two players.

Zenith Ziva

The African U-23 Cup of Nations will be held from 28 November to 12 December, with the U-23 Eagles billed to take on Egypt, Algeria and Mali in Group B.

The competition will serve as qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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