Valdes, Xavi, Busquets to play against Eagles



Ten players from Barcelona and seven from Espanol have been listed by Catalonia’s head coach, Johan Cryuff, to play against Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

The list made available to the Nigerian delegation on arrival in Barcelona has Barcelona first choice in goal, Victor Valdes, Xavi Hernandez, Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Martin Montoya, Sergio Roberto, Christian Tello and Marc Bartra all listed from the Catalan giants.

From Espanyol, there will be Joan Verdi, Joan Capdevilla, Sergio Garcia, Kiko Casilas, Raul Rodriguez, Victor Sanchez, and Sergio Tejera. Others in the team list are AC Milan’s Bojan Krkic, Getafe’s Alvaro Vazquez, Jordi Amat and Francesco Medina ‘Piti’ both of Rayo Vallecano and Red Bulls Zalburg’s Jonathan Soriaro.

After seeing Catalonia’s players, Nigeria’s head coach, Stephen Keshi simply said his boys will give their all.

“These are big names no doubt but our players know that names don’t play football these days, we will just go out there and give our best against them,” Keshi said.

The match time has also been brought forward, as it would now be played at 7pm, Nigerian and Spanish time from 9pm that it was earlier slated but the venue remains Espanyol FC home ground in the Catalan city.

The game comes up on Wednesday
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