President of Nigeria Football Federation
(NFF) Alhaji Aminu Maigari has said
that the Under_23 National Team needs
nothing less than victory against Morocco
on November 26, to keep the team’s hope
of qualifying for the Football event of the
2012 London Olympics alive.
Maigari said this while speaking to sports
journalists in Abuja yesterday. He further
stated that everything needed by the team
been provided to ensure that they qualify
for the 2012 London Olympics adding
that this was because it was NFF’s last
hope of ensuring a Nigerian national
team participates in an international
competition next year.
He further stated that Ibadan, the Oyo
State capital had been approved for
camping the team in line with the
recommendations of Technical Committee
of the NFF stressing that the choice was
made in order for the team to be taken
away from Abuja to avoid distractions
and enable them concentrate more on
training for the forth_coming matches.
According to him: “From Ibadan, the
team would be flown to Faroe in Portugal.
NFF has an agreement with the
authorities at Faroe for camping all the
He further stated that the recent trip
embarked upon by the Coach of the team
Augustine Eguavon and the Chairman of
NFF Technical Committee Chris Green
was not a jamboree as been speculated in
some quarters but for the purpose of
securing the release of some of the players
who are playing professional football in
Europe to enable them play in the team’s
match scheduled for November 26, 2011.