Eguavoen – It Will Be Difficult To Open Eagles Camp Early
Newly appointed Super Eagles coach Augustine Eguavoen, has hinted it will be difficult to open Nigeria’s training camp early ahead of January African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The former Eagles captain was appointed as interim manager of the national team following the sacking of Rohr, and in an interview with the media he revealed it will be impossible to open the camp before Christmas stating unless clubs releases players early.
Nigerian players plying their trade in the Scottish Premiership and English Premier League will play for their respective clubs during the festive season, but for others who don’t play in those leagues they will get a Christmas break.
Eguavoen in his statement with the media said: “Most of those players are playing in their clubs in Europe and the leagues are still on.”
“To get their release at a go is going to be tardy, but we are working on something, and hopefully, just after Christmas, we will see how those guys can also convince their clubs to get them released earlier.”
“But that is not going to be easy because the leagues are still on, and mind you, in England, they play through Christmas and early new year.”
However, the coach hopes all the players will be available by the end of December, which will just be a week before the commencement of the tournament.
While the coach said it will be difficult to open camp early because of the availability of the players in the United Kingdom, he also noted that there’s plan to open camp at the end of December or first week of January.
The Eagles in their quest for a fourth AFCON title, will face Egypt, Suden and Guinea-Bissau in the group stages.
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