Chukwu Okays Eagles, Yemen Clash

FORMER Nigerian manager Christian Chukwu has affirmed as quite in order the Super Eagles warm-up match against Yemen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Eagles are due to confront the Asian side who were an immediate replacement for Sudan on Saturday at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai.
Chukwu said the key for most friendly matches is the purpose and not essentially the quality of opposition.
“A friendly match as the word depicts is clearly a friendly match and the essence is what matters and not the opposition per se.
“The key here is the purpose as it serves as the preliminary stage of the rebuilding of our national team with the home-based players so it’s quite good for our national team.
“Of course, it’s normal to start the rebuilding process of any team with the least players then you take it up from there.
“The encounter will give the players more international exposure as well as afford the coaches the opportunity to test the pattern they hope to introduce into the team in the nearest future.
“So it’s not all about victory though nobody will want to ordinarily lose any match be it competitive or friendly.
“The players are expected to defend the country’s pedigree as well as leverage on the opportunity to boost their own profile and enhance their market value.
The friendly match is quite right as it’ll help us to form a formidable national team in the long run,” said the former Nigerian captain and strongman to supersport.com.
Eagles on Sunday in Abu Dhabi lost 0-1 to star-studded Ivorian side in another test match lined up for the side by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as part of the rebuilding process.