Nigeria, Egypt Tie: Match Officials To Arrive On Wednesday

Nigeria super EaglesOfficials for Friday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Egypt in Kaduna are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday.

Referee Janny Sikazwe, Assistant Referee two, Romeo Kasengele and Reserve Referee Wisdom Chewe are all expected to arrive in Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa, alongside the match commissioner, Abbasi Ssendyowa from Uganda.

Assistant referee one, Arsenio Chadreque Marengula, from Mozambique, will arrive on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has appealed to fans, who will be at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Friday, to ensure they are law abiding and orderly.

The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, made the appeal in Abuja on Tuesday, as the NFF continued the countdown to the big match.

“We are specially appealing to our football fans not to come with any item that might be seen as a weapon, because security will be very tight on the day. We also appeal passionately to the fans to co-operate fully with the security agents to make for hitch-free entry into the venue.

“Similarly, we are appealing to the fans to come to the stadium wearing green and white colours. We want the venue proudly adorned in our national colours,” he said.

Players and officials of the Super Eagles arrived in Kaduna on Tuesday afternoon, led by Head Coach Samson Siasia.

The Super Eagles will clash with the Pharaohs of Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Friday, from 5:00pm local time and both teams will battle again in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29.

Samson Siasia Criticises Eagles’ Defeat To National U-23

SiasiaCoach Samson Siasia is not pleased with the home-based Super Eagles’ defeat to the National Under-23 team in the second test game between both sides in Abuja.

The Nigeria U-23s avenged a 2-0 defeat they suffered on Tuesday by beating the senior team by same score line-width.

Siasia said that the players still need to work more ahead of the crucial two-leg qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

The home-based eagles are intensifying preparations for the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt, while the Olympic team would face Brazil in a friendly, later this month.

Home-based Eagles Beat U-23 Team 2-0 In Test Match

EaglesHome-based Eagles have intensified preparations for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

This is coming after the Eagles defeated the National Under-23 team 2-0 in a test game played on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Eagles are preparing for an AFCON double-header against Egypt on March 25 and 29, while the U-23 team are also getting set to battle Rio Olympics hosts, Brazil in a friendly on March 24.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah forward, Bright Onyedikachi, opened scoring for the Eagles, before Godwin Obaje doubled the tally.

The selected home-based players for the Egypt matches would move to the match venue of Kaduna on March 20, where they would be joined by the 21 foreign-based professionals invited for the qualifiers by caretaker coach, Samson Siasia.

Enyeama Opts Out Of Tanzania Game

enyeamaSuper Eagles Captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama has opted out of this weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.

Enyeama has asked to be exempted from the trip to Dar es Salaam, owing to personal reasons.

The team will depart for Tanazia on Thursday with the two goalkeepers currently in camp.

They are Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme and Sunshine Stars’ Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Both keepers have so far impressed the Nigerian National Team selectors, who are yet to make a decision on who gets the nod in the absence of Enyeama.

The former African Champions began their 2017 AFCON qualification campaign on a winning note with a 2-nil win against Chad in June.