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Eagles hit Luxembourg for Lions

Festus Abu

The  Super Eagles  arrived in Luxembourg  from France  on Sunday ahead of their friendly game against   the tiny European nation on Tuesday.

Manchester City’s wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho  netted a 77th  minute goal  to help Nigeria beat Mali 1-0 at  Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen on Friday to give the Eagles’ caretaker manager Salisu Yusuf and his charges a huge boost of confidence ahead of the clash against minnows Les Lions Rouges (the Red Lions)  at  Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City.

Yusuf will bank on Iheanacho,  Watford scoring sensation Odion Ighalo, Arsenal’s rising star Alex Iwobi,  Etebo Oghenekaro and  Shehu Abdullahi  for victory again.

According to Nigeria Football Federation’s official website,  the Eagles  were in high spirits as they trained for the first time at  Stade Josy Barthel for the friendly.

Luxembourg have not qualified for the World Cup since its inception in Uruguay in 1930. They have not qualified for the European Championship since 1960.

The Red Lions are 146th in the world rankings against the Eagle’s 67th.

The Luc Holtz side will rely heavily on Metz attacker  Vincent Thill and Kaiserslautern striker  Maurice Deville in an attempt to shock the 2013 African champions, who are preparing for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Meanwhile,   reports claimed on Sunday  Yusuf could be made Nigeria’s  substantive coach. The NFF had been on the market for the services of a Foreign Coach for the struggling Eagles after Sunday Oliseh’s unceremonious exit.

But reports now say the crisis-ridden   federation may be considering settling for the services of former Kano Pillars and Enyimba manager Yusuf.

“Nigeria could now settle for Salisu should a foreign coach option fail,” an unnamed source  told AfricanFootball.com on Sunday.

“He impressed with his tactical approach against Mali.

“And the players have taken to him because he is not arrogant unlike his predecessors, who dwelled so much on their exploits as players.”

The Eagles have crashed out of  Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations  but they will be hoping to qualify for a sixth World Cup when the qualifying tournament begins in October.

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