The Super Eagles had a gym session at the hotel in the morning and were scheduled to train in the evening at the Grand Stade de Tanger (also known as Stade Ibn Batouta), a 45,000-capacity facility that was opened in April 2011 but which will, sadly, be empty when Nigeria and Liberia tackle each other for three precious points on Saturday. ‘Hosts’ Liberia have made no move to get the Confederation of African Football to approve crowd attendance at the Day 5 game.
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Reliable camp source hinted that the national team’s handler Gernot Rohr and his backroom staff have arrived the camp, just as the invited players are expected to report for training sessions ahead of the tie.
Butler was impressed with the effort from his players against a Super Eagles team he described as a “very good” side.
The match, played on Friday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos State, was part of the qualifying rounds in Africa
Since making their debut at the FIFA World Cup finals in 1994, the Eagles have only been missed participation in the finals once – the 2006 edition in Germany. They were denied of that berth courtesy of CAF’s head-to-head rule that favoured Agnola.
The Confederation of African Football has picked South African match officials to take charge of the crucial game, with school teacher, Daniel Bennett, at the centre