AFCON Qualifier: Eagles Battle Ready For Seychelles

Nigeria’s Super Eagles had their last training session at the Stade Linite Friday evening, with reports from the NFF revealing that all the 21 players are fit and ready to confront the Pirates of Seychelles in Saturday’s African Cup of Nations Qualifying match.

The match is slated to kick off at 4.30pm Seychelles time (1.30pm Nigeria time) at the 10,000 capacity Stade Linite.

The media unit of Nigeria Football Federation hinted that all the players are ready for selection to garner the three points on offer for Nigeria.

“Available for selection to safeguard the goalpost are Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, with Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Semi Ajayi and Jamilu Collins to battle for rearguard positions”, a statement from nff.com said.

This portal also gathered that Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Kelechi Nwakali and Joel Obi are available in the middle, while Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Simeon Nwankwo, Henry Onyekuru, Odion Ighalo and Samuel Kalu will contest for slots in the frontline.

Referee Omweno Devis from Kenya, according to the report, is to handle the encounter to be assisted by compatriot Cheruiyot Gilbert (assistant referee 1) and Ugandans Isorlko Mark (assistant referee 2) and Muhabi Alli (reserve referee). Mustapha Chitbahal from Mauritius is the match commissioner while Leslie Leonard Liunda from Tanzania is the referee assessor.

Meanwhile, President of the Republic of Seychelles, His Excellency Danny Faure and the Vice President, His Excellency Vincent Meriton will attend Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Pirates of Seychelles and the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Victoria.

The General Secretary of Seychelles Football Federation, Mr. Georges Bibi confirmed this at the match coordination meeting which took place at the SFF Secretariat in Victoria on Friday evening.

It was gathered that Seychelles number one and number two men will be joined at the pre-match formalities by the President of Seychelles Football Federation, Elvis Chetty and the 1st Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi.

At the meeting, attended by the match officials from Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, it was decided that Seychelles would dorn their traditional red–top-and-shorts with white stripes, while the Super Eagles will turn out in green top over white shorts.


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