Nigeria’s Super Eagles, still joyful at a harvest of goals in Sunday’s 2012 African Nations Cup qualifying victory over Ethiopia, take on the Harambee Stars in an international friendly match at the National Stadium, Abuja today(Tuesday).
The Nigeria Football Federation has decided to throw the gates open for the match in appreciation of the tremendous support that Nigerians gave the Super Eagles against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia on Sunday.
“We greatly appreciate the support given the Super Eagles on Sunday and we are making this gesture in order to show appreciation to our teeming soccer fans”, said NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari. However, access to the State Box and the State Box Extension would be strictly by invitation.
Nigeria secured her 2010 FIFA World Cup ticket in Nairobi on 14th November, 2009 with a 3-2 win over the Harambee Stars in the final match of the campaign, but it was a tough encounter that drew the best out of the Super Eagles.
Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Samson Siasia has recalled two players he released to the U_23 team for Saturday’s Olympic Games qualifier against Equatorial Guinea in Benin City: Nnamdi Oduamadi and Ekigho Ehiosun.
However, pacy winger Osaze Odemwingie and Victor Moses have travelled back to England following Sunday’s win over Ethiopia.
Also on Monday, the NFF appointed a former General Secretary of the Federation, Ambassador Fanny Ikhayere Amun as Match Commissioner for Tuesday’s game. The referees are from Benin Republic.