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Nigerians opt for Kenyan solution

Jo Bonfere, the manager of the Nigerian football team, said yesterday his squad will prepare in Kenya for next month's African Nations Cup finals in South Africa.

The "Super Eagles" had planned to prepare in the Netherlands, but the Dutch embassy in Lagos refused entry visas following the sporting sanction imposed on Nigeria by the European Union.

The sanction resulted from the hanging last month of nine minority rights activists. A switch of training camp to Tel Aviv was ruled out after the Israeli embassy also denied the team visas.

Bonfrere will be picking a squad of 22 for the tournament, and Everton's Daniel Amokachi and Wimbledon's Efan Ekoku are expected to be named in the final selection.