Ahead of our crucial AFCON qualifier against Egypt this Friday, Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has admitted the hot weather in Kaduna...
Ahead of our crucial AFCON qualifier against Egypt this Friday, Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has admitted the hot weather in Kaduna is affecting some of his players. The Super Eagles will play the first leg of the qualifier against Egypt at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna before the return leg is played on Tuesday in Alexandria Egypt.
The weather condition is certainly a thing of concern to most of the foreign based players who make up the spine of the team. “You could still figure out that some of them were fighting to survive the not-too-friendly weather despite being cooler than the Abuja weather,” Siasia said.
Odion Ighalo who is expected to lead the attack also posted a photo lamenting the harsh weather in Kaduna can bleach his skin.
The sun here for Kaduna fit bleach person🔥😜 pic.twitter.com/1MYYfb08NT— JUDE (@ighalojude) March 22, 2016
One begins to wonder why the NFF chose Kaduna as its preferred location for the crucial qualifier when there are other stadia with certainly better weather conditions and standard facilities in other regions of the country
This takes us back to the question: WHY KADUNA?
Ex-coach Sunday Oliseh wanted Port-Harcourt but that created a rift between him and the NFF board. Port-Harcourt is a cooler city and most of our foreign based players can easily adjust. Same thing can also be said of the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
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Bear in mind that the Egyptians are coming with 80% locally based players. Egypt is within the hot Arid region. I hope taking them to a hot city like Kaduna would not bring out the best in them.
In contrast, our foreign based players who will definitely dominate the starting XI play in Europe under a different weather condition. Let's take a look at the possible foreign based starters against Egypt and the climate condition at their respective clubs;
England-11°C (Carl Ikeme, Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi),
Turkey & France -18°C (Godfrey Oboabona, Elderson Echiejile)
Belgium, Italy-11°C , (Ogenyi Onazi, Moses Simon)
Russia -1°C (Ahmed Musa, Aaron Samuel)
Most of these players mentioned above will start on Friday with one or two home based players in the mix. So the question is, will they be able to cope with the Kaduna weather that is 35°C on an average after training for just 3 days?
You remember why we could not qualify for the 2006 world Cup? Let me refresh your memory if you have forgotten.
We played out a 1-1 draw with Angola at the Sani Abacha stadium in Kano. The players after the game complained of immense hot and humid weather. Most of the Angolan players then were locally based.The NFF (then known as NFA) took the game to Kano that has arid weather conditions and you know the result as the rest is history.
I hear someone say they are “but this players are professionals, they should be able to adapt in any climate condition”. Maybe if they train for a month or more, they can get accustomed to the weather but not for 3 days! Cut them some slack! They are not robots.
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We all hope and believe that the Super Eagles will overcome Egypt over the two legs and hence claim the ticket to the AFCON 2017 but we need to stop putting ourselves in difficult situations we can avoid. Port Harcourt and Uyo are definitely better options
Provision of the best enabling environment and condition to thrive will eliminate any possible excuse