The Nigeria Football Association (NFF) has assured Nigerians that the Super Eagles technical crew had not been distracted in their preparations for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Musa Amadu, the Secretary-General of the NFF, said in Abuja that the FA was working assiduously with the team’s technical crew in order to ensure a decent outing.
The scribe said that arrangements had been made for the team to leave their camp for match venues, one day to the encounter.
This, he said, would enable the team concentrate on their matches during the tournament.
Ahmadu said that air travel arrangements during the tournament had also been concluded to ease the team’s movement for their matches.
“The team base, the hotel Camp is on the outskirt of Sao-Paolo and this is where most of the National teams are based.
“This is where the team will stay and will be leaving to match venues in the group stage and they will move a day before these games and return to their base after the game.
“Brazil is a vast country and some of the travels you have to do are more than one, two or three hours but there are chartered flights, not that we will take commercial flights.
“FIFA has made arrangement with all the airlines there; its chartered flight just for the teams and it will take each team to their specific match venues,’’ Amadu said.
He explained that Ambassador Adamu Emozozo, the Nigerian Ambassador to Brazil and Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles Head coach, had inspected the camp.
The NFA secretary urged Nigerians to pray and support the team as they prepare for the World Cup.
Amadu also insisted that there were no disagreements between the NFA and Keshi over team list.
Meanwhile, the NFF has shelved plans to add a foreign technical assistant to the backroom staff of Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
It has been reported over time that the federation was considering bringing in a foreign coach to beef up the national team backroom, but it later emerged that Keshi wanted to choose his own man.
However, the Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Emeka Inyama, has confirmed that they are not considering the option of drafting in another assistant coach.
“I want to use this medium to clarify the issue once and for all, that we do not have plans as a Federation to hire any other coach for the World Cup,” Inyama said in Abuja.
“We do not have any plans whatsoever to bring any foreign assistant to work with Keshi. We have confidence in Stephen Keshi and we will support him all the way.”
The NFF board member also clarified the federation’s reasons to summon the Nigeria coach to a disciplinary hearing.
“The purpose of a query is to clarify issues as the case may be and it is not supposed to be in the public domain,” he continued.
“Keshi has since replied to the query within the time given to him and the federation is satisfied with it. That is the end of the matter.
“It seems as if there is war. It seems as if the country is going to break into two. But honestly, I want to assure you today that there is peace. There is no tension,” Inyama said.