Eagles, Burkina Faso will now rumble on Saturday
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the 2016 African Nations Championship final round, first leg qualifier between the Homebased Senior National Team and the Etalons of Burkina Faso, will now take place on Saturday.
The spokesman of the NFF, Ademola Olajire who made this know in a statement yesterday however, said the venue of the match remains the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, with kick-off scheduled for 4pm.
He said the Confederation of African Football has appointed Boubou Traore from Mali as Referee for the encounter, while Traore’s compatriots Bobo Yomboliba, Boubacar Kinta and Harouna Coulibaly will serve as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and reserve referee respectively.
According to Olajire, Mr. Pedro De Morais Neto, from Angola, will be match commissioner.
Meanwhile, a total of 25 players are battling for shirts in Port Harcourt under the watchful eyes of Assistant Coaches Salisu Yusuf and Alloy Agu.
They are goalkeepers; Femi Thomas, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, David Obiazor and Okemute Odah, defenders; Chima Akas, Austin Oboroakpo, Kalu Orji, Solomon Kwambe, Idris Aloma, Samson Gbadebo, Jamiu Alimi and Stephen Eze, midfielders; Abdulrazak Aliyu, Ifeanyi Mathew, Paul Onobi, Usman Mohammed, Bature Yaro and Osas Okoro, and forwards; Ezekiel Bassey, Chisom Chikatara, Tunde Adeniji, Prince Aggrey, Bright Onyedikachi and Dayo Ojo.
Nigeria failed to qualify for the first two editions of a competition reserved for senior players plying their trade in their country’s domestic league, but won bronze medal at the third edition held in South Africa early last year.
The winner over two legs between Nigeria and Burkina Faso will be eligible for a place at the 4th African Nations Championship taking place in Rwanda early next year.