The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has made a slight amendment to the national team’s World Cup programme by proposing a training camp in Mexico in May- June.
Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi’s original programme sought the approval of the federation for the team to camp in either Miami or Houston for two weeks from May 25, leading to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Chairman of the Technical Committee, Chris Green, told reporters at the weekend that the committee picked Mexico because it is on high altitude and boasts of conditions similar to what prevails in Brazil.
Green, who heaped praises on Keshi for an outstanding job in 2013, said that other requests tabled by the tactician, including pitching his World Cup base in Sao Paulo Guarulhos have been approved.
”We feel we should now camp in Mexico as it will be suited for high altitude training. Mexico is bordered by about five states in the United States and has direct flights to Houston, Texas and Miami, Florida. The climatic conditions in those places at the moment is the same thing as you have in Mexico and Sao Paulo, Brazil. We will do our best to prepare for the World Cup because there is no perfect situation”, Green said.
Green also hinted that Nigeria will play a warm-up match against a South American opponent during the international window on March 5, in addition to two matches behind closed doors during the two weeks of camping before the start of the World Cup.
Nigeria will play a World Cup against Argentina in Group F fixture in Porto Alegre on June 25.
According to Green, Nigeria is determined to maximise the window, the only international free day before the World Cup, by playing a friendly against a country that is nearest to Argentina and shares similar philosophy as the Albiceleste.
”I have the country we are likely to play in my head. The key factor is that country must be a next door neighbour of Argentina and in addition must have also played against Argentina of recent. We have options to choose from Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Chile”, Green said.