Super Eagles Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, confirmed yesterday that Sudan gave no reasons for their sudden withdrawal from the game scheduled to hold on January 17 at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai.
He further said that in order not to distort the schedule of the national team for the New Year, Yemen was approached and accepted to play the Eagles. They are to also take on Finland on January 22.
The Secretary General of the Yemen Football Federation, Dr Hamid Alshaibani, has sent a letter to the organisers a copy which was made available to the NFF accepting to test the might of his side against the reigning African champions.
Already, the Super Eagles, who lost narrowly by 1-0 to Cote d’ Ivoire last Sunday have since arrived Dubai to prepare for the game against Yemen. Eagles arrived Dubai by road yesterday afternoon and are staying at the Time Grand Plaza Hotel.
Meanwhile, Eagles who made it to the United Arab Emirates for the double header friendly against Cote d’Ivoire and Yemen, have been heaping praises on the leadership of the NFF for the forward looking approach to the national team.
The players said the mere fact that the team did not make it to the Equatorial Guinea 2015 Nations Cup was enough to demoralise the NFF, but the executive committee and the secretariat of the body, still thought it wise to arrange a January outing for the team, almost the same time the Nations Cup will be starting.
Team Captain, Chigozie Agbim and his deputy, Azubuike Egwuekwe, who spoke on behalf of the players said they were delighted with the trip and the first-class facilities that the team have been exposed to in the course of the friendly games.
“We must say a big thank you to the NFF for this visionary move and all we can say is forgive the team for not qualifying and we vow that it will never happen again in our time,” Agbim declared.
Egwuekwe added: “We know we are better than most of the teams that are going to the Nations Cup but we made mistakes along the line and we must thank Nigerians for forgiving us and also thank the NFF for being forward looking despite the mishap, we will reward them next time with another Nations Cup win,” he said. -ThisDay