Four Scandinavian referees including three from Norway and the other from Denmark would oversee Golden Eaglets’ first match at the 2013 UAE FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be played at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on Saturday at 17:00 hours local time-2pm in Nigeria.
The no-nonsense Norwegian referee, Svein Oddvar Moen, who sent off Mario Balotelli in a World Cup qualifying game between Czech Republic and Italy on 7 June, 2013 will be in charge at the centre.
The 34-year-old Moen became an international referee in 2005; and he officiated at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted and won by Mexico. He has equally officiated at the top level of European football including the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium last year.
His compatriots Kim Haglund and Frank Andes would serve as Assistant referee 1 and 2 respectively and the cast is completed with Danish Ken Hansen who is the Fourth Official. Match Commissioner is Mr, Campbell Ogilvie who is the President of the Scottish Football Association.
Meanwhile; Golden Eaglets have vowed to put up an imperious performance as they spot on the white Nigerian strips against Mexico on Saturday.
Nigeria is designated Team B by FIFA and would put on their mandatory white shirts for the first time in a competitive match. The Golden Eaglets wore the more famous green jerseys throughout their qualifying campaign for the CAN Under-17 championship and at the tournament proper in Morocco. The first and only time they put on the white jerseys dated back to 9 December, 2012 when they beat an Akwa-Ibom selected side 6-1 at the Uyo Township Stadium with a brace from Isaac
Success Isaac, Bernard Bulbwa and a goal each from Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidera Ezeh.
“We are comfortable in any of the national team colours whether it is green or white,” said Ezeh, who was at the official Press Conference ahead of the match.
While Nigeria wiil put on the white gears complete with green socks, Mexico would be wearing black jerseys with red socks.
Nigeria’s goalkeeper would be in red outfit with white stockings while his opposing Mexican would wear yellow with black stockings.