Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have reunited with their 2011 conquerors France at the Renaissance Polat Hotel in Istanbul.
France stopped Nigeria 3-2 after extra time in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup in Cali, Colombia.
Some of the players and officials of the Flying Eagles have already met with Juventus youngster and France star attraction Paul Pogba, who former France and Arsenal ace Patrick Vieira has said he is better than he was at that age.
France take on high-flying Spain to determine the winners of Group A immediately after the Nigeria match on Thursday.
The Flying Eagles flew into Istanbul Tuesday afternoon after Thursday’s foes South Korea had departed Kayseri earlier.
They will train at 6.30 pm local time on Tuesday at a training ground 20 minutes bus ride from their hotel.
Coach John Obuh and a player will also address a pre-match press conference at Adana Hall of the Renaissance Hotel.
The Flying Eagles play their final Group B match against Korea by 6pm on Thursday.
Portugal lead Group B with four points, same as second-placed South Korea.
Nigeria are third on three points, while Cuba are yet to record any points.
The Flying Eagles will hope to win on Thursday so as to gain automatic qualification to the Round of 16, but they could also sneak in via the ‘third best loser’ option.
– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers), News Bytes Sports Desk
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