8th October, 2010
Despite CAFâ€™s promise that the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between GuineaÂ and Nigeria will take place on Sunday 10 October as planned, the Super Eagles are stillÂ in the dark over their trip to Conakry.
The Austin Eguavoen-tutored Eagles, who continued with their training at the AbujaÂ National Stadium early today, had their scheduled flights from Abuja to Conakry cancelledÂ twice on Tuesday and yesterday due to the ban imposed on Nigeria by the Federation ofÂ International Football Association, FIFA.
As at this afternoon, neither Coach Eguavoen nor skipper Joseph Yobo could confirm if theÂ Eagles would still play the match against the Syli National.
Eguavoen said the squad are still waiting for the next directive from the officials ofÂ Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, who are still struggling to rescue the country fromÂ FIFAâ€™s hammer, which ruled out the nationâ€™s teams from featuring in internationalÂ competitions.
â€œThe team have been training and the players want to play, but the issues have to beÂ resolved before the team can travel. We are hopeful and waiting for a succesful meetingÂ between the Nigerian delegation and FIFA,â€ said the Eagles coach, who expressed sadnessÂ over the development.
Just as some officials of the NFF are planning to decamp the Eagles should FIFA fail toÂ lift its ban on Nigeria by tomorrow, the Guinean Football Association, GFA said itÂ received a fax from CAF headquarters in Cairo yesterday confirming that the encounterÂ between both countries will hold.