*Akpan Eyes Eagles Return
Super Eagles will playthe Eagles of Mali and the National Team of Luxembourg in two international friendly matches in Europe in the next FIFA window.
The three –time African champions take on Mali, ranked four places above it at 63, at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen, France on Friday, 27th May 2016.
Mali finished as runner-up at the Africa Cup of Nations in 1972, and took bronze medals at the finals in 2012 and 2013.
The Eagles of Mali has qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals, having garnered 10 points from its first four matches of the qualification series, in a Group C that also has Equatorial Guinea, Benin Republic and South Sudan.
NFF’s FIFA Match Agent Jairo Pachon confirmed that the Super Eagles would then play the National Team of Luxembourg in Luxembourg on Wednesday, 1st June 2016, at a yet to be determine venue.
Meanwhile, Hope Akpan a former Super Eagles defensive midfielder wants to play for the team again with te 2018 World Cup qualifying matches around the corner.
Akpan, who plays for Blackburn Rovers, a championship club in England, featured for Nigeria in 2014 under Stephen Keshi.
In a television interview monitored in Lagos on Wednesday Akpan said, “I’m hungry to play again for my country and if I get the nod for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, I’ll not hesitate to come; I love my country and I want to do my best for my country.”
On whether he would mind the Dream Team under Samson Siasia for the forthcoming Olympics billed for Rio, Brazil he said, “Why not.”
“All I want is to serve my country, because it is an honour to be invited to represent ones country. So, if Siasia invites me, I will honour it,” he said.
He lamented Nigeria’s exit from the 2017 Africa Nations Cup, saying, “It is sad that Nigeria will not be in the Nations Cup for the second time now. The authorities should do something about it for Nigeria to bounce back again.”