The Guardian

Super Eagles doing well in Abu Dhabi camp – NFF reporter

•Team will play against Guinea tomorrow
• South Africa's Makalima becomes the first woman to host AFCON.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Secretary-General Mohammed Sanusi is optimistic that the Super Eagles will live up to the expectations of Nigerians at the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Speaking to the Guardian yesterday from the team's camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sanusi said he was impressed with the level of commitment from the players to training and the input from the technical crew.

“I am joining the team here in Abu Dhabi, along with the NFF technical chairman, and from what I have seen so far, the Super Eagles are heading in a good direction heading into AFCON. We have shown our attitude and everyone is seriously focused on the task ahead which is the AFCON tournament,” said Sanusi.

He revealed that the team will play against Guinea's Siri National as part of their AFCON preparations. The match is scheduled to be held tomorrow, January 8th, in Abu Dhabi.

However, Yassine Idriss Diallo, president of the Ivorian Football Federation, has the opposite view. He ignored the Super Eagles in his selection of the top three countries to win AFCON.

According to, Diallo, 63, is optimistic about his country's performance in the tournament, which begins in six days' time, insisting they are ready but not favorites.

Despite the Super Eagles' attacking prowess and Victor Osimhen being recently named Africa's Player of the Year, Diallo said in an interview with FourFourTwo that the Super Eagles are one of the candidates to travel to Ivory Coast. I didn't include it.

Meanwhile, South African referee Akohona Makalima is set to become the first woman to officiate at the African Cup of Nations.

Makalima is one of the referees shortlisted by the African Confederation (CAF) to officiate at the 2023 AFCON finals.

The 35-year-old is one of Africa's most popular female referees.

She has been on the FIFA list since 2014.

Makalima was part of the FIFA referee squad for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The adjudicator holds a national qualification in human resource management from King Hintsa FET College.

The tournament will open on Saturday, January 13th, with the hosts facing Guinea-Bissau at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium.


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