Finally, the Super Eagles are set to depart the shores of Nigeria to the United States for the invitational international tournament scheduled for the Green Soccer Bowl from 12 through 22 February.

Samson Siasia.

Spokesman of Nigeria Football Federatyion, NFF, Demola Olajire said the protocol personnel will be at the US Embassy this week to book appointments for interviews for the players and assured that the visas will be issued latest by 6 February.

“Our protocol guys will be at the embassy before the week runs out. There is a probability that the players will be available.

“Those that will play in the friendly match against Guatemala on 9 February will leave on 6 February, while the players going for the Green Bowl Tournament will depart on 5 February,” Olajire said on brilaf.m.

The Obama Cup has suffered a lot of credbility blacklash and there were fears that the competition could be a scam, but in quick response, the US Soccer Federation revealed that they have indeed given the organisers of the tournament the go-ahead to stage the competition. The tourney is being organised to celebrate the past and present presidents of the United States.

Meanwhile, Eagles’ Assistant Coach, Simon Kalika, has said that Head Coach Samson Siasia is planning to introduce a new pattern of play to the team to make the senior squad a delight to soccer fans.

Kalika revealed that Siasia wants to use the Guatemala friendly to introduce the new pattern of play to the players and also fraternize with them.

He noted that Siasia plans to introduce an offensive style of play that would be more productive, a style which the Eagles are used to in the past.

—Daniel Ekugo

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