2013 Africa Cup of Nations – Home-based members of Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, have been sent on a month-long break, following the team’s goalless draw against Rwanda in their opening qualifier for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Wednesday. The local media reported Friday that head coach Stephen Keshi directed that the players, who had been camping in the capital city of Abuja, should return to their domestic clubs to play competitive matches that would prepare them for the next phase of the camping.
Nigeria is due to host Rwanda in the first round, return leg match in June.
Keshi, who is rebuilding the team with the injection of many home-based players, expressed satisfaction with their performance in the Kigali match.
“I don’t know about this home-based stuff that I hear from people. You are professionals and you should be allowed to play for Nigeria if you have the talent. The professionals from Europe have seen that you can compete for shirts and even displace them. They have to sit up or forget about playing for Nigeria,” he said.
Via Afrique en Ligue