26th December, 2012
The Super Eagles will on Thursday 27 December depart for Faro in Portugal via Accra, Ghana for the final phase of their preparation for the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.
The team would on Thursday morning in Abuja have their last training session in the local camping phase of their preparations.
The team of players, coaches and other members would then depart same day by 3 p.m for Accra.
Team head coach Stephen Keshi told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that players who would not be making the trip to Portugal would be decamped on Thursday.
“It’s a shame that we can’t take all of them to Faro, but what they have done here shows that they are true professionals.
“This is the type of high level commitment that I am looking for, especially when players know that they are not going to travel and they still put in their best.
“It breaks my heart that I can’t take everyone of them to Portugal, but it’s good that they gave a good account of themselves for the future,’’ Keshi said.
While in Portugal, the Super Eagles would play a friendly match with Catalonia on 2 January as part of their build-up for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Eagles are in Group C alongside defending champions Zambia, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso for the competition’s 29th edition scheduled for Jan. 19 to Feb. 10 in South Africa.