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Football | Super Eagles

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Cruyff picks tough team for Eagles



Nigeria will play against a very tough Catalonia side who have 10 giants from the Spanish La Liga leaders, Barcelona in the international friendly on Wednesday, Jan. 2nd.

Catalonian coach Johan Cryuff, has picked seven players from Espanyol FC, whose Estadi Cornellà-El Prat grounds will host the encounter.

The list has Barcelona first choice in goal; Victor Valdes, then, Xavi Hernandez, Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Martin Montoya, Sergio Roberto, Christian Tello and Marc Bartra.

From Espanyol, Joan Verdi, Joan Capdevilla, Sergio Garcia, Kiko Casilas, Raul Rodriguez, Victor Sanchez, and Sergio Tejera. Others in the team list are AC Milan’s Bojan Rkic, Getafe’s Alvaro Vazquez, Jordi Amat and Francesco Medina ‘Piti’ both of Rayo Vallecano and Red Bulls Zalburg’s Jonathan Soriaro.

These are big names no doubt but our players know that names don’t play football these days, we will just go out there and give our best against them”, Head Coach Stephen Keshi said.

Kick-off is now 7pm Nigerian and 9pm Spanish.

By Tolani Agaba

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