Eagles force Olympic team out of Abuja

Nigeria’s Olympic football team will now camp in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital instead of Abuja as preparations gets underway for the inaugural CAF U-23 Africa championship billed for Cairo, Egypt in November.

Similarly, the date for camp resumption has also been pushed back to the 5th of October.

The Team was earlier expected to camp in Abuja with the resumption date being 2nd October.

Head coach of the team, Austin Eguavoen says the changes as necessary in order as not to derail his team’s camping programme.

“We will be playing our group games at the Arab Contractors stadium, which is a natural turf and the only natural turf in Abuja is the National stadium.

“As you know the Super Eagles have a crucial match against Guinea. So remaining in Abuja will mean using the goal project which is Astro turf and that is counterproductive,” Eguavoen said.

He added that “this informed our decision to move the camp to Ibadan, so we can use the Liberty Stadium and I am happy that the Federation understands because Aminu Maigari has given us the go ahead and as I talk to you the team Secretary Shola Ogunnowo is already in Ibadan to put all logistics in place.”

Austin Eguavoen also called on Nigerians to rally round the team as it begins preparations next week for the CAF U-23 championship.

“I want to use this opportunity also to seek the support of all Nigerians and the people of Oyo state to rally round the team.”

The team begins its campaign against Morocco on 27th November, before taking on Senegal three days later with a final group game being against Algeria on December 3rd.

Host Nation Egypt will face Gabon in the opening match of the tournament which ends on December 10th.

The championship will be on a round-robin basis with the top two from each group advancing to the semi-finals.

The top three placed teams automatically qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games whilst the fourth placed team will engage a team from Asia in a playoff.
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