Ea­gles, Burk­ina Faso will now rum­ble on Satur­day

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Joshua Odeyemi @josh_flexy

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.

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