The delegation of Nigeria’s home –based senior team, Super Eagles B, will fly out to Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on Friday night ahead of Sunday’s 2016 African Nations Championship final qualifying match against the Etalons of Burkina Faso.
A chartered ARIK Air aircraft will fly out of the Port Harcourt International Airport at about 5.30pm Nigeria time, and will land in the Burkinabe capital after about two-and-half hours.
NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman, Mr. Shehu Dikko will lead a delegation that also includes Chairman of NFF Technical Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Deputy General Secretary Emmanuel Ikpeme, Deputy Director of Competitions, Ayobola Oyeyode and Assistant Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire.
There will also be 22 players, 13 technical and backroom staff, a number of stakeholders, some NFF staff, a couple of media representatives and members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club.
The Super Eagles 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.
On Friday, NFF President Amaju Pinnick charged the Eagles B to do Nigeria proud by not only going to Ouagadougou to earn the ticket to Rwanda 2016, but by also defeating their opponents.
“I believe you can do it because, with a bit more luck, you could have won the first leg by a much bigger margin. There is no longer anything called home advantage in international football. The turf is where the business is done, and the better team will always triumph. I know you are the better team.
“I want you to forget everything about a 2-0 advantage from the first leg. Sunday is another day and you should aim for 90 minutes of excellence.”
The Eagles will be without Head Coach Sunday Oliseh, who became dizzy and weak after lunch on Thursday and flew to Belgium Thursday night on the advice of Super Eagles’ medics.
CAF has appointed Mohamed Ragab Omara from Libya as the referee for Sunday’s match, with his compatriots Foaad Mohamed El Maghrabi, Baesus Safe-El Naser and Abdallah Baesus Ashraf as assistant 1, assistant 2 and reserve referee respectively.
The match commissioner is renowned former FIFA referee from Mauritania, Idrissa Sarr.