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Nigeria want World Cup base in USA

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi wants his squad to be based in Miami or Houston for their training camp ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

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Stephen Keshi is hoping to take Nigeria into the World Cup second round for the first time since 1998.

The Super Eagles will stay in Sao Paulo during the group stage, when they will play in the cities of Curitiba, Cuiaba and Porto Alegre against Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina respectively

Keshi believes that experiencing the climate of either Miami or Houston in the United States will help his side best prepare for the tournament, with the Texan city also boasting the largest Nigerian population in the United States.  

"I have proposed that we camp in the United States because by the time we would be opening our camping the US would have the same weather as Brazil," Keshi said. “There are several US cities that would be hot like Brazil and would have the same temperature as Sao Paolo."

The reigning African champions appear likely to face Asian equivalents Japan in a friendly ahead of the World Cup, though Keshi is also keen to face South American opposition as part of his side’s build up.

"While in Brazil for the draw, I was told Japan were interested in playing us, but I would also like to play countries like Peru," Keshi said. "Considering the countries we have in our group, I would love the Eagles to play countries from the region that have the same playing style.

"But it would also depend on the availability of such countries because some of them may have concluded their friendly arrangement already."

Nigeria, who are aiming to progress to the second round of the World Cup for the first time since 1998, will begin their pre-tournament training on May 25.

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