US LINES UP CHILE, EGYPT FOR EAGLES
United States of America Soccer Federation, has lined up a series of matches to keep its national team in good shape towards the proposed 8-team invitational tournament, involving Nigeria's Super Eagles next year.
According to the information from the US football body, the team is billed to battle Chile on January 22 at home before travelling to Cairo, Egypt the following month to play African champion during February 9 FIFA free day international friendly matches.
Nigeria's coach, Samson Siasia has called up 30 players from the Nigeria Premier League in preparation for the United States President's Day Celebration Soccer Invitational Tournament, the Green Soccer Bowl. The tournament takes place between February 12-20, 2011 and will feature eight teams. The competition in honour of United States President, Barack Obama, will take place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, venue of Nigeria's first-ever FIFA World Cup finals match, which ended in a 3-0 defeat of Bulgaria in June 1994.
Already, the Draw for the tournament had been made with the Super Eagles having to contend with Iraq, Poland and Malaysia in Group A, while Egypt, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kenya and Bahrain will play in Group B. Siasia, who is currently on holidays with his family, is expected to return next week to start camping on January 10 with his players.
Three goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders and 12 strikers have been invited to the camp in Abuja.