By Micheal OBASI
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are currently preparing for the start of the Africa Cup of Nations in the United Arab Emirates thanks to the Nigeria Football Federation who are bent on ensuring the team gets the best of preparations before the mundial in Ivory Coast.
But surprisingly, I have been reading in some quarters, commentaries where the NFF was criticised for the choice of Dubai as the Eagles Camp site.
Of course, everyone is entitled their opinion and their manner of reasoning but we strongly owe ourselves informed information before ventilating our opinions.
It is also very important for people to understand that the NFF must have done it’s due diligence as regards the best camp site for the team in terms of weather, comfort and serenity.
All the Nigerian players are coming from Europe where they have been playing throughout the season in cold and freezing conditions but they are now going to Ivory coast where it’s going to be a complete direct opposite condition.
And the Football House decided to choose a place like Dubai with similar weather condition to what the players will confront in Ivory Coast.
So, the big question is, why the unnecessary criticism on the NFF?
I know we all owe our football constructive and objective criticisms but we must also burge ourselves from always setting an agenda of distraction and drama where there is none whenever the country is on a major tournament.
Any regular traveller can easily attest to how serene Dubai is for any kind of hospitality and accommodation and the NFF actually got this very spot on to camp the Super Eagles there.
One can be rest assured of zero level of distraction for both the players and the technical crew, which of course, will afford them maximum concentration on the task ahead.
To further see that the NFF knows exactly what they were doing with the choice of Dubai, many other African countries also have similar camp sites for their teams.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon for example, are camped in Saudi Arabia, the Gambia are also currently using Saudi Arabia while DR Congo and Burkina Faso are camped in Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
I think what we all should be concerned about is, how coach Jose Peseiro can get the best out of the array top class players in the Eagles squad and have the likes of Victor Boniface and Victor Osimhen firing in Ivory Coast.
- Micheal Obasi, Sports journalist and football affairs analyst