In preparation for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria’s Super Eagles will play two friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg in June.

According to the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), plans have already been concluded to ensure the Super Eagles qualify for the competition even though the draw for the final round of the Russia 2018 World Cup has not yet been made.

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NFF Secretary General Sanusi Mohammed said the NFF has met with interim coaches of the team to plan for the two friendlies scheduled for next month, he also revealed that the body has been monitoring the activities of potential opponents to ensure that when the qualifiers begins, the Eagles will be fully prepared.

He said the NFF will monitor the progress of the players’ to ensure that only the best are invited to fight for a place in the team. With the upcoming friendlies, the coaches will have the opportunity to monitor the progress of the players and have an insight into the abilities of the players they’ll need for the qualifiers.

Sanusi said: “The NFF will not in any way interfere in players’ selection for the World Cup qualifiers. Our mission is to assist the coaches in rebuilding a formidable Super Eagles… this is why we have organised warm up games for the team. The logistics needed to select the best available players has also been put in place to help the coaches.”

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Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho is one of the players expected to make the team.

City legend, Shaun Goater, says the U-17 World Cup winner is ripe for a major role in the Club. He assured City’s incoming manager, Pep Guardiola that he can rely on Kelechi Iheanacho to take the UEFA Champions League semi-finalists a notch higher next season.

The 46-year-old believes that Iheanacho could save Guardiola millions of pounds by being established into the first team fully rather than bringing in another striker.

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“A few months ago, I used to think [that] we needed to push [Sergio] Aguero but Kelechi Iheanacho has a frightening record and is excelling in his role,” Goater told 888sport.

“He also has a good work ethic and that is a key thing Pep Guardiola will be looking for next season – a work ethic as well as producing goals.”

Iheanacho has netted 13 goals and made five assists in 32 appearances in all competitions for Man City in his début first team campaign.


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