The delegation of Nigeria’s Super Eagles B landed in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on Friday at about 10.10pm Nigeria time (9.10pm Burkina Faso time), ahead of Sunday’s African Nations Championship final qualifying match against the Etalons.
A delegation including 23 players and 13 technical and backroom officials was led by NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman Shehu Dikko, and travelled aboard a chartered ARIK Air Bombadier aircraft from the Port Harcourt International Airport. The trip was slightly less than two hours.
Also on the flight were Chairman of NFF Technical Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, LMC chief operating officer Salihu Abubakar, NFF Deputy General Secretary Emmanuel Ikpeme, Deputy Director of Competitions, Ayobola Oyeyode, Assistant Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire and chairmen of some NPFL clubs, namely Hon. Akin Akinbobola, Chief Okey Kpalukwu, Mr. Davidson Owumi and Mr. Paul Chibuzor.
There were also a couple of stakeholders, some NFF staff, a couple of media representatives and members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club.
The Eagles’ delegation was received by Mr. Felix Inya, consular at the Embassy of Nigeria in Ouagadougou and Mr. Shehu Ahmed, protocol officer of the embassy, alongside an official from the Federation Burkinabe de Foot-Ball.
The Super Eagles B will have the official training at the August 4 Stadium in Ouagadougou on Saturday evening, with the match to start at 4.00pm (5pm Nigeria time) on Sunday at the same venue.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are aiming to qualify for the competition for the second time, having won bronze at the last championship in South Africa early last year.