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Brazil 2014: Foreign fitness Trainer For Eagles



The Nigeria Football Federation is to hire a fitness trainer for the Super Eagles ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, officials told
The online publication reports that the NFF members have therefore begun shopping for such a fitness trainer in time for the FIFA event. According to a top source at the NFF, the fitness trainer will work across board with all the national teams.

“We realised that one of the secrets that saw our U-17 team through at the U-17 World Cup in UAE was fitness,” a top official told

“And as such we want to ensure that all our national teams could play for 120 minutes without wearing out. You know in Brazil a lot of things would count and it would be survival of the fittest. We don’t have a time frame or a preferred nationality of this trainer; we just want the best for the national teams.”

Source could however not confirm other details of the recruitment

drive as the general Secretary of the NFF Mr. Musa Amadu told our correspondent that he was not aware of such move to hire the trainer. He spoke with source on Christmas Day via the telephone.

He said, “I am not aware of any such move to hire trainer; I cannot give you any detail because I don’t know anything about that.”

None of the national teams in the country has a fitness trainer. In the 1990s, the Eagles drafted members of the armed forces to drill them into full fitness.

And in Abuja, Eagles ‘B’ team will leave for Championship of African Nations in South Africa on January 7.

The team have been training in Abuja for the past three weeks and have engaged several local clubs in test matches before their debut at the competition. They are billed to play two matches against a Port Harcourt Selected and league champions Kano Pillars before their departure.

Several full internationals like skipper and goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe, Benjamin Francis and Sunday Mba are expected to make the final 23-man squad to South Africa. Coach of the main national team, Stephen Keshi, will also lead the team.

Their opening Group A match will be against Mali on January 11 in Cape Town. Host nation South Africa and Mozambique are also in Group A. The final of the biennial tournament will be staged on February 1.

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