NFF Mulls More World Cup Warm-Ups for Eagles

The Nigeria Football Federation is looking to organise more friendly matches for the 2014 World Cup-bound Super Eagles before the tournament’s June 12 kick-off date.

The African Champions, who are gunning to supersede its second-round achievement so far in the world’s biggest football showpiece in Brazil, have already lined up warm-up matches against Scotland, Greece and the USA.

However, the general secretary of the NFF, Musa Amadu, has hinted the federation is looking to squeeze a fourth build-up match into its preparation scheme for the Brazil 2014 tournament, pending the approval of head coach Stephen Keshi.

John Ogu in Action Against South Africa During the Nelson Mandella Challenge Cup Invitational Last Year.
John Ogu in Action Against South Africa During the Nelson Mandella Challenge Cup Invitational Last Year.

“We are putting all measures in place to ensure that the team is properly prepared for the World Cup and that is why we have lined up friendlies up until June 7. And if the coach accepts, we could squeeze in one more game before our first game at the World Cup,” said Amadu.

Nigeria open their 2014 World Cup campaign against Iran on June 16 and Amadu says it is imperative the nation gets off to a jump start in Curitiba.

“It is very important that the Super Eagles win their first group game against Iran. This would go a long way to determine how far the team would go at the World Cup,” he stressed.

The game against Iran will be succeeded by that against fellow Group F teams, Bosnia-Herzegovina (June 21) and Argentina (June 25).

The World Cup warm-up against Scotland has been scheduled for Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground on May 28, while that against Greece (Philadelphia) and the USA (Jacksonville) is billed for the United States on June 3 and 7.

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