Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Sports ministry hails NFF's 2018 FIFA World Cup plan

Sports ministry hails NFF's 2018 FIFA World Cup plan

The NFF confirmed six global friendly matches for the Super Eagles when it rolled out the World Cup programme for the team on Wednesday and the body confirmed on Thursday it had sealed a deal with Chile for a friendly match slated for June 9.

Nigeria is drawn in Group B of the World Cup alongside Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.

Adesola, who represented the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung at the unveiling of the plan at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, noted: "The present administration preaches transparency, and this is exactly what the NFF has done here".

According to the him, the Eagles will play Poland, Serbia, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, Czech Republic and a yet-to-be-named South American team on the way to the World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Next up is the friendly game against Poland which will hold in Warsaw on Friday, March 23.


"I see a lot of excitement among the leaders of the football community here and I am equally enamoured by the clear -cut nature of the World Cup plan", he said.

The team will return to Nigeria for the May camping in Abuja and will then play a home front final fair-well match against Congo on May 28, with President Muhammadu Buhari expected to watch the match live at the stadium.

First Phase Camping in Abuja/Uyo: Tuesday, May 22 to Wednesday, May 30. Their third match is against DR Congo in Nigeria before the June 2 tie in London.

They will play a final friendly against Czech Republic on June 6 in Austria.

Close camp at team base camp in Yessentuki: Sunday, June 3 to Monday, June 11.

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