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Nigeria World Cup warm-up venues confirmed

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

The Nigeria squad from the Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria's preparations for the World Cup have been disrupted

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has finally confirmed the venues for their World Cup warm-up matches.

The Super Eagles will now play their matches in Tirol, London and Johannesburg.

A spokesman for the NFF confirmed the venues that will see the Super Eagles finally get their preparations started.

Nigeria's build-up to the World Cup has been disrupted by several different problems - including the abandonment of a planned training camp in London.

But the Alpenstadion Wattens will now host the friendly against Saudi Arabia on 25 May in Austria.

The Super Eagles will then take on Colombia at Upton Park in London on 30 May before their final friendly against North Korea in Johannesburg on 6 June.

"After several problems with logistics, we are happy now that everything has finally been sorted and sealed," NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.

"The team will be staying at the Sporthotel stock in Zillertal, Austria then return back to their base in Essex, England for the Colombia match.

"It has been tough scheduling matches and venues due to the World Cup congestion but we are finally there now."

Meanwhile, Nigeria assistant-captain Joseph Yobo believes the team can put behind all their off-field distraction to one side when the preparation begins.

"The mindset should be on getting ourselves ready at the training camp and show we can all fight together." Yobo said.

"We are all professionals and should be able to do what the fans expect of us as a team, which is to fight together and defend the national colours.

"Firstly, we need to fight and earn spots at the World Cup, it is now up to the selected players to go all out, listen to the technical crew and fight on the pitch.

"If we can do that together then we can confidently fly high at the tournament."

The Super Eagles are drawn in a group alongside Greece, Argentina and South Korea in the first round of the World Cup in South Africa.



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