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Napoleonic War as Eagles Face Napoleon’ Birth Place and Togo





The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed the additional friendly match that the Super Eagles will engage in when the players gather later this month in the French mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica.

  Sports Village Square gather from a media release from the NFF that the Super Eagles will play a friendly match with Togo while in camp.

  The Togolese FA had earlier dropped hints of the impending friendly match which the NFF is just confirming.


  The other friendly match which had been on the card is that with Corsica, one of the 13 regions of France which will serve as the Super Eagles’ base. Sports Village Square recalls that it was in the island of Corsica that the famous French military and political leader, Napoleon Bonaparte was born on August 15, 1769.

 In fact, the Friday next week match is holding in Ajaccio, the very town of the island where Napoleon was born.

   He rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful military campaigns across Europe.

 The friendly match with the island will not count as full international but merely to put the Nigerian players in shape.

  The Corsica team, Squadra Corsa di Balo, is an unofficial side of the French island and is neither affiliated with FIFA nor UEFA. The match with the Super Eagles will be the fourth ever against a national side.


  It had played France in 1967, Cameroon in the days leading to France ’98 and Congo in 2009.

The NFF informed that Chief Coach, Salisu Yusuf, will lead a contingent of goalkeepers trainer Alloy Agu, home –based players; Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Alhassan Ibrahim, Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatubosun and backroom staff to Paris on Monday from where they will travel to Corsica.

The three –time African champions will take on the Corsica at the Stade Francois Coty in Ajaccio starting from 8pm on Friday, and then travel to Paris for the game against the Hawks of Togo on June 1.

The match against the Hawks has been scheduled for the Stade Municipal de Saint Leu La Foret, Paris on Thursday.

The Super Eagles will tackle South Africa in the opening match of Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.


Meanwhile, Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has called up Belgium –based forward Henry Onyekuru in place of Austria Wien FC poacher Olanrewaju Kayode, who is being held back by club engagement.




Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)



Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Uche Agbo (CF Granada, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Gijon, Spain); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)


Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United FC)



Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Henry Onyekuru (KAS Eupen, Belgium); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Noah Serenren-Bazee (Hannover 96, Germany); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC)




Ola Aina (Chelsea FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England)



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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