Abuja – The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has named a Mexican, Jair Marrufo to be at the centre for Nigeria’s quarter-final match against  Uruguay in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup.

This was contained in a statement released by Morakinyo Abodunrin, the Media Officer of the Golden Eaglets on Friday.

The Golden Eaglets would lock horns with their South American opponents on Saturday at the Sharjah Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

The Eaglets are making their 10th appearance at the tournament which is in its 15th edition.

The Golden Eaglets are pursuing their fourth title in the tournament which started on Oct. 17 and will end on Nov. 8.

Marrufo became a Major League Soccer referee since 2002 and is presently on the list of the 52 referees for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

According to the statement, he would be assisted by Eric Boria from U.S. and Ricardo Morgan of Jamaica as assistant referees 1 and 2 respectively.

It added that the duo of Pavel Kralovec and Martin Wilczek both from Czech Republic would serve as fourth official and assistant reserve referees.

“’The Golden Eaglets as the away team will be in white jerseys, while Uruguay would be in their traditional light blue jerseys,” the statement read.

he statement also disclosed that Kelechi Iheanacho was fit to play in the quarter-final match.

“Kelechi is now up and running after two days of training in Sharjah and he is ready to contribute his part to ensure Nigeria’s passage to the semi-finals of the tournament.

The statement further quoted the team’s coach, Manu Garba, as assuring Nigerians that the team would defeat  the Uruguayans.

“Although, the knockout stage is the most difficult stage of any competition but we are ready to beat Uruguay on Saturday because our only aim of being here is to win the trophy, ”Garba said.
The match would be played at 5 pm local time.

The winner of the encounter will face Sweden in the Semi-final match on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Sweden had earlier defeated Honduras 2-1 in the quarter-final to book a place in the last four of the tournament. (NAN)


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