Pompey to fight Nigeria player plans

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Portsmouth are ready to fight Nigeria´s bid to take strikers Kanu and John Utaka two weeks early for next month´s African Nations Cup.

Kanu and Utaka, Ghana´s Sulley Muntari and Senegal´s Papa Bouba Diop, will have to leave Pompey for the African Nations which runs from January 20 and could miss up to five domestic games depending on the progress of their countries, but Nigeria boss Berti Vogts wants his squad to report early to attend a 14-day training camp ahead of the tournament in Ghana.

But Fratton Park chief executive Peter Storrie said in the Portsmouth News: "We will be protesting strongly and will be discussing it with the nations concerned."

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