The Super Eagles will play a tune up game against the Palancas Negras ahead of the tournament in South Africa as the football house announces its final plans
The Super Eagles of Nigeria would confront Angola and another yet to be disclosed African country in the last two friendly matches after the already scheduled one against Catalonia on January 2, 2013.
The Nigeria Football Federation spokesman and Assistant Director of Communication Ademola Olajire has disclosed to Goal.com that apart from the already agreed Super Eagles tune up match against Catalonia, there is going to be at least two more friendly matches against African opposition which he refused to disclose.
But he revealed that negotiations and discussions have reached almost a concluding stage between the NFF Match Agent and the countries involved.
However, Goal.com can confirm authoritatively that Angola is one of the two African countries the Eagles are expected to play warm up matches against.
"The only friendly match I can confirm for now that the Eagles would play on January 2nd, 2013 is against Catalonia. The other two against African countries are under wrap but I don't want to beat the gun and make it public now until discussions are finalised," the NFF image maker also said.
He also disclosed further the arrival date of Super Eagles handler, Stephen Keshi who he said would arrive on Saturday in Lagos but hit Abuja to meet with both the Technical Department of the NFF and the Technical Committee of the football house of Nigeria.
"The Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi will arrive Lagos on Saturday and will hit Abuja Monday. Definitely if he arrives Monday he would meet with the Technical Department of the Nigeria Football Federation and the NFF Technical Committee between Tuesday December 11th and Wednesday 12th, 2012 to discuss his final phase of camping for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
"He would discuss the camping of the home based Eagles already slated for December 17th, 2012 with the Technical Committee of the NFF. That same week we expect the coach to name his list of players that would kick start the first part of the last phase of the camping exercise for the 2013 Afcon.
"After the 17th of this month's camping exercise, the chosen ones from the home based Eagles would depart for Faro, Portugal two days after Christmas, to be precise the 27th of this month. They would be there for like eight days before the overseas based professionals will join them up on the 4th of January, 2013.
"The deadline for the submission of the final list of 23 players given to all the 16 teams already qualified for the finals of 2013 Afcon is on the 9th of January. We believe we have no reason not to meet that deadline. Then the chosen 23 Eagles would have at least another one week to train and prepare for the competition before flying to Nelspruit via Johannesburg on the 16th of January. The team would be there for five days before we (Nigeria) play our first match on the 21st of January against Burkina Faso although the tournament kicks off January 19th," Olajire disclosed.