U23s promised special package to beat Morocco


President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari on Wednesday assured the U-23 National Team of a ‘special package’ should the win Saturday’s CAF U-23 Championship opener against Morocco in Tangiers.

“We have a special package for the team, and I would not want to disclose this now. I will let the players and their coaches know when I get to Morocco.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has done so much for the team but we are conscious of the need to even do more as the team begins the competition. We need the ticket to the Olympics, and we will be there to motivate the players to give their all to get this ticket,” said Maigari.

Meanwhile, the NFF have expressed unhappiness over the antics of the Royal Morocco Football Federation for striving making life uneasy for Nigeria’s Olympic team.

Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu said the NFF and the Moroccan Federation had an understanding that the team would be welcome to use facilities in Casablanca ahead of the 15-day tournament.

Amadu said: “We are shocked by their (Morocco FA) attitude. Before the team left Nigeria, we made contact with the right persons at the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football and they assured us the team would be allowed to use some facilities in its final preparation for the competition.

“However, it is unfortunate that our team is being denied access to training facilities, and those who have been shutting our team out keep saying they are acting on the instructions of the Moroccan FA.

“We are in touch with them and we believe things will get better. I will like to also add that our team in undeterred. They are looking forward to the opening match of the tournament against the Moroccan team on Saturday and the attitude of the FA there is now an added motivation for our boys to go all out,” stated Amadu.
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