Algeria’s Desert Foxes arrive Uyo
The Algerian national team on Thursday evening hit Uyo aboard a chartered flight ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
A statement by Ademola Olajire, spokesman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said that a delegation of 61 persons including the players landed in Uyo.
According to the statement, the Desert Foxes will hold a training session on the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium pitch on Friday evening.
The statement said the delegation was received at the Ibom International Airport by NFF’s Deputy General Secretary and Protocol Officer, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme and Emmanuel Ayanbunmi respectively.
It also stated that the match officials, led by Hassan Osama Atta Ibrahim El Manan (match commissioner from Sudan) passed the night in Lagos on Thursday, and is expected to be in Uyo on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the referee for the match, Bakary Papa Gassama is from Gambia, while Jean-Claude Birumushahu from Burundi is the first assistant referee and Marwa Range from Kenya is the second assistant referee.
The fourth referee, Maudo Jallow is also from Gambia.
Meanwhile, Jean-Olivier Mbera from Gabon will serve as referee assessor and Nicholas Chumba Musonye from Kenya will be security officer.
The match between the Super Eagles and the Desert Foxes of Algeria holds at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Saturday at 5 p.m.