Green: We will ap­proach the matches with all se­ri­ous­ness

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Chair­man of the NFF Tech­ni­cal and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, Bar­ris­ter Chris Green has as­sured that all ar­range­ments and prepa­ra­tions for cru­cial 2018 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fy­ing matches against Cameroon will be ac­corded high level of se­ri­ous­ness.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved in one ar­range­ment or the other with re­gards to the matches, in­clud­ing the tech­ni­cal crew, are work­ing in tan­dem. We are ap­proach­ing these matches with the se­ri­ous­ness it de­serves.

“The Cameroo­ni­ans are the reign­ing cham­pi­ons of Africa; we re­spect them for that but that is where it ends. We have no rea­son to fear them. A few years ago, we were also the cham­pi­ons of Africa. We are in one ac­cord with the play­ers and the tech­ni­cal bench to achieve vic­tory in both matches.”

Green ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day that last month’s acute leukaemia di­ag­no­sis and on­go­ing treat­ment of first choice goal­keeper Carl Ikeme slightly jolted the Nige­ria camp, but re­it­er­ated that the tech­ni­cal crew is on the right curve to have a ca­pa­ble and con­fi­dent first choice and deputy on show for the two matches.

“When Ikeme’s mat­ter came up, we quickly moved to put heads to­gether to sal­vage the sit­u­a­tion. We will give him all the sup­port to go through the treat­ment and come back strongly, but in the mean­time, we have to come up with a cou­ple of guys who can al­ways rise to the oc­ca­sion.

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