Eguavoen heads to Italy


Nigeria National U-23 coach Austin Eguavoen will head to Italy on Wednesday as he continues his tour of Europe for players to prosecute the upcoming Eight Nation CAF U-23 championship billed for Morocco next month.

In pic: Nosa Igiebor

Eguavoen who left the country last week in company of the NFF technical committee chairman, Chris Green, was in the Netherlands on Tuesday, where he had a meeting with the sporting director of PSV Eindhoven the club of Rabiu Ibrahim.

He also visited VVV Venlo to seek the possible release of Ahmed Musa, Alex Nkume, and Uchebo Okechukwu.

“The response from the club directors has so far been encouraging. Those that I have met with have requested for some days to give us definite answers but from their body language I am confident we would get a favorable response,” stated the Olympic Eagles gaffer.

The team’s media officer, Arafat Aliu says Eguavoen has already visited Sheffield Wednesday the club of Uchechi Daniels where he got a re-assurance of the release of the player and German club Mainz, the club of Anthony Ujah who have requested an invitation letter be sent apart from the notification letter already received by the club.

Eguavoen will on Wednesday hit Italy, to see Nnamdi Oduamadi (Torino), Obiora Nwankwo (Parma) and Daniel Adejo (Reggina).

The coach is expected back in the country at the weekend.

Nigeria is in revised Group A with host Morocco, Senegal and Algeria and opens the tournament against Morocco on 26th November in Tangiers.

The Eight Nation championship also serves as final Olympic qualification for Africa.
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