The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has highlighted the plans to prepare the Super Eagles for the World Cup qualifiers.
Speaking to Completesport, Amaju said Nigeria wants to play top African team to prepare the Super Eagles for the latter stages of the qualifiers.
“I think the option of Cameroon boils down to having a Grade A friendly. Like I have said, the Indomitable Lions are one of the biggest African football countries, they’ve got quality players and they are the first in history to have gotten to the quarter-final stage in the world Cup and have been to World Cup more than any other country in Africa and this is World Cup qualifiers we are talking about.
“We want to play top teams in Africa so when the World Cup qualifiers get tougher, we would be able to know if the boys can match countries like Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt as far African countries are concerned because they are top countries
“Don’t forget that Cameroon will be the host nation of the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) come next year. We are not going into that tournament for jamboree – but we have a target, and by God’s grace is going to be a podium performance,” he added.
In his words, ” The boys will assemble, and the team will play in Austria, these are expensive flying the team alongside logistics just to give these boys quality friendly matches and as well make the team to be in shape.”
He revealed that the team is aware of the importance of qualifying for the World Cup because it is the dream of every player to play in the Mundial.
Amaju said Nigeria is still searching for more friendly games to prepare the Super Eagles for the tournament.
” The team already knows that World Cup is a tournament every player dreams to go, so with better preparation before September, we’ll be able to be in shape knowing fully well by June/July most teams will be on break, and we want them to be busy.
“We are still looking for more quality friendlies so that we can be sure that our team is ready for Next World Cup Qualifiers to come September.”