Nigeria dump SA for Black Stars

2011-06-24 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — It has emerged that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been forced by the players and coach of the Super Eagles to dump a friendly arrangement with South Africa for their West African rivals, Ghana.

SuperSport.com learnt that the football federation in Nigeria had taken international friendly proposals from the football associations of Ghana and South Africa into consideration earlier this week.

But on consulting the head coach, Samson Siasia, and some players of the Nigerian men’s team, the NFF opted for the Ghana game.

The Eagles made it clear that they are favourably disposed to the Ghana game since it would be held at Watford’s Vicarage Road Stadium on August 9.

The proposed friendly with South Africa had been scheduled to be held on August 10.

The players are also mindful that both friendly games with Ghana and South Africa come days before the 2011/2012 season begins across Europe.

“The players do not want the South Africa friendly since it will amount to them having to travel thousands of miles from their various bases in Europe back to the continent. It is even worse because at about that time it will be just a few days to the start of the season in Europe.

“So that’s why they have settled for the game against Ghana in London,” said a source in the NFF.

Two attempts by SuperSport to speak to the NFF acting general secretary, Musa Amadu, did not materialise, as he said he was too busy to react to the development.

“Right now I am busy. Could you call me later?” said Amadu in SuperSport’s first attempt to confirm this development.

A second attempt to reach the acting scribe of the Nigerian football body failed, as his mobile phone rang without response.

On Wednesday a press conference was held at the Ghana High Commission in London to unveil details of the Ghana and Nigeria friendly.

The last time both West African nations met in an international friendly in London, the Black Stars triumphed 4-1.

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