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Super Eagles, Luxembourg friendly shifted to May 31

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Super EaglesSuper Eagles international friendly match against Luxembourg has been brought forward by 24 hours instead of the earlier advertised June 1, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said.

According to the NFF, the friendly, which will still hold at the Josy Barthel Stadium in Luxembourg City, was moved back as a result of the Tour de France cycling competition involving Luxembourg.

The NFF said the Luxembourg Football Federation sent a letter on Friday to explain that the match had to be shifted to May 31, 2016 because of the Tour de France cycling competition, which the country is involved in.

“The change in date will not in any way affect our programme. The entire contingent will move to Luxembourg from Rouen in France, where we will play Mali on May 27.

“We will still have three days to train for the match against Luxembourg,” Eagles’ Team Administrator, Enebi Achor, told thenff.com. Before the game against Luxembourg, the Super Eagles will meet Mali on May 27 in Rouen, France, in another international friendly.

Meanwhile, some members of the technical crew and administrative officials of the team have now been issued Schengen visas,  enabling them to enter the two countries for the two matches.

The NFF also revealed that it has submitted fresh applications for those who were earlier denied visas by the French embassy. The Super Eagles will use both friendly matches to prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to be played later in the year. The match in Luxembourg will take place at 7.00 p.m. on May 31 at the Josy Barthel Stadium in that country’s capital city.


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