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Eagles Are Excited With Return To AFCON – Ibitoye

Super Eagles’ media officer, Toyin Ibitoye has disclosed that all the players in the Nigerian national team are excited with the opportunity of returning to the Africa Cup of Nations, as they will be able to bring pride back to the country and showcase their personal talents as well.

Ibitoye admitted that Nigerian fans are happy to see the Eagles back at the continental soccer showpiece, after missing the last two editions, and says the players will go all out to justify their qualification.

Making his thoughts known during Radio Nigeria Network News, Ibitoye reckoned that going to Egypt 2019 will accord the Eagles a fantastic opportunity to make top marks for the country and their various careers, while also keeping their fans back home united together in support.

Ibitoye affirmed that the Eagles will land in Egypt early and get between eight to seven days of training before the competition kicks off, in order to accord ample opportunity to acclamatise and prepare adequately.

The Eagles will campaign in Group B with Madagascar, Guinea and Burundi, who they will start against on June 22 at Alexandria Stadium.

Ibitoye added that the Eagles will open their camp on Sunday in Asaba, where they would play a a friendly against Zimbabwe, before jetting out to Egypt to play another build-up game with Senegal on June 16th.

The renowned sports writer and broadcaster stated: “The whole of Nigeria is looking forward to the Nations Cup in Egypt, and the players are equally excited about it.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to rub shoulders with the best p;layers of the continent, and we hope to make the best of it.

“We plan to get seven to eight days stay in Egypt before kick-off. We want to start our preparations in Asaba and pick it up from there.

“The team will have few weeks of camping in Asaba, but we want to be in Egypt early to start preparations.

“The plan is for us to get to Egypt at least seven or eight days before our first match.

“In Egypt, we will play a friendly against Senegal because we want to really focus on getting our players fresh.

“There is a need to understand that AFCON is coming up at the end of European football season.

“So, the trick is to get the players fresh and keep them away from injuries. We can come together to play the tournament with full blast.”

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