Super Eagles Head coach, Stephen Keshi has admitted the difficulty of having to spend the Christmas holiday away from his family.
He however believes it is a necessary sacrifice as Nigeria prepares to make a debut appearance at the African Nations Championship.
The tournament, which is designed for players competing in their domestic leagues, is taking place in South Africa from January 11 to February 1.
“I will love to be with my family in the U.S. and hang out with them, but we are here as part of the sacrifice we have to make,” Keshi said.
“It is difficult to be in camp during Christmas. It has been like that since we took over.
“We have had three Christmas and New Year in the camp, what can we do,” .