Nigeria invited to U.S. green bowl soccer tournament

15:43, July 25, 2010      

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the participation of the Super Eagles in an eight- nation invitational tournament in the U.S. in February.

Sanusi Mohammed, NFF's Assistant General Secretary for Competitions disclosed this to reporters in Abuja on Friday, adding that the tournament is scheduled for Feb. 12 to Feb. 20.

The invitational is being organized by the U.S. Presidents' Day Celebration Soccer Invitational Tournament Foundation.

The tournament will involve teams from the African, European and Asian continents, and Nigeria has been drawn in Group A alongside Poland, Malaysia and Iraq.

"The organizers have been in touch with us for some months now and they are requesting for either our A team or B team," Mohammed said.

"But we feel it is a good avenue to expose the home-based players and a good opportunity for the players to show what they can do. It is therefore a worthwhile invitational tournament, he added.

Three teams from Africa, two from Europe and three from Asia are participating in the competition, with Group B having African champions Egypt, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Kenya and Bahrain.

The tournament will be staged at the Ford Field Stadium in Detroit, Michigan State, and the PHP Stadium in Dallas, Texas State.

Mohammed listed the tournament's benefits to the participating teams to include the opportunity to develop players from their local leagues in an international arena.

"This is a good benefit, instead of relying on players playing professionally abroad all the time," he told reporters.

Source: Xinhua

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