17th September, 2010
Nigeriaâ€™s Super Eagles will return to camp on Thursday, 23 September ahead of their AfricanÂ Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea.
The senior national team that beat Madagascar 2-0 in their first match of the qualifyingÂ series in Calabar will converge at their camp at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja.
Caretaker coach of the team, Austin Eguavoen said the squad wonâ€™t be different from the teamÂ that played Madagascar. The former international met with officials of the Nigeria FootballÂ Federation, NFF on Wednesday to iron out details of the match and said the squad will onceÂ again see a contingent of 10 players from the domestic league.
â€œI met with the officials on Wednesday and we have discussed details of the match. We agreedÂ to have 10 home-based players for the game.
â€œThe whole team will leave for Conakry on a chartered flight on 8 October,â€ Eguavoen said.Â The local lads will be joined by 12 Europe-based professionals, expected to be led byÂ skipper Joseph Yobo.
There were some doubts about Eguavoenâ€™s availability for the game following the uncertaintyÂ at the federation, but the former defender quelled any such talk.
â€œItâ€™s another opportunity to serve my country and I am proud to have been asked to be inÂ charge of the team. Itâ€™s a call to service and I love the challenge,â€ he stated.
Guinea lead the group on goal difference after an emphatic 4-1 victory away to Ethiopia onÂ Match Day One and Eguavoen is under no illusions as to what needs to be done.
â€œWeâ€˜ll work very hard for maximum points, although victory wonâ€˜t come easy.