Nigeria getting ready for Rwanda early


Nigeria’s Super Eagles will on Tuesday leave for Calabar to prepare for Saturday’s match against the Wasps of Rwanda at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, an official said Sunday.

The match is the return leg of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Competition’s Second Round.

The team which arrived in Abuja on Sunday from Blantyre would leave Abuja on Tuesday morning for Calabar, according to media officer,Ben Alaiya

“The team needs to immediately start its preparations for the match against Rwanda, but it will not be able to do this until Monday.

“The players and officials need to rest a little in Abuja after the tiring trip to Blantyre.

“But in view of the importance of the task ahead, that of qualifying for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa, the team cannot afford to delay longer than necessary. This is why there will be light training on Monday morning, and full training on Monday evening in Abuja, before the departure for Calabar on Tuesday,’’ he said.

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The Eagles returned to Abuja from Blantyre on Sunday afternoon after a 1-1 draw with The Flames of Malawi in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

The Blantyre match was a Match day-two fixtures in the Group F of qualifiers for the World Cup finals scheduled for Brazil.

Alaiya said the team planned to on arrival in Calabar hold training on Tuesday evening to kick-start its preparations for the Rwandese.

“The team plans to train in the evening on Tuesday in Calabar, so as to work according to its programme and at the same time achieve the desired success,’’ he said.

The Eagles need to secure a win against Rwanda to advance to the final round of the qualifiers to the Nations Cup finals scheduled for South Africa.

Rwanda’s The Wasps had played goalless with the Nigerian side on Feb. 28 in Kigali when the two teams met in the first leg match of the second round pairing.