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Golden Eaglets tackle Junior Menas on Saturday

The eagerly awaited first round, second leg 2013 African qualifier between Nigeria and Niger will hold on Saturday  as scheduled.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed late Tuesday night that the game would go ahead on Saturday so that the Nigerien contingent would be able to meet up with their travelling arrangement after the game.

All arrangements were geared towards hosting the game on Sunday in order to encourage huge turnout of spectators at the U.J Esuene Sports Stadium but the change to Saturday became necessary after consultations between the NFF and the Fédération Nigerienne de Football.

In a related development, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has picked Algerian match officials for the Sunday’s second leg game.

The centre referee is Sofiane Bousetter while Bouabdallah Omari and Mohammed Bechirene would serve as Assistant Referee 1 and 2 respectively. The fourth official is Mehdi Charef while Ivorian Sinko Zeli who was the centre referee when Nigeria beat Namibia 4-0 in a Nations Cup qualifier in 2000 at home would serve as Match Commissioner.

Meanwhile, match tickets for the Golden Eaglets-Junior Menas match has been fixed for N200 for popular side. The covered seat would go for N500 while the State Box is as low as N1000.

The cheap price tickets, according to officials, are to encourage a huge turnout of spectators to watch the Nigerian youngsters in their first qualifier on home soil in Calabar.


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