NFF meets Akwa Ibom government today over Algeria clash
Invitation letters sent to players for Eagles’ 50th home match
The Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Technical Committee and some Super Eagles’ officials will meet with the Akwa Ibom State government today to fine tune arrangement for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria scheduled for next weekend in Uyo.
According to NFF Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi, before the meeting, the parties would inspect facilities at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium to ascertain their state of readiness for the match, which victory would consolidate Nigeria’s lead in Group B of the African qualifying series.
Sanusi added that the visit, the second since the match was awarded to Akwa Ibom State, would afford the stakeholders the chance to put strategies in place to ensure a hiccup-free game, stressing that the Federation was working round the clock to ensure the Super Eagles are well prepared to beat Algeria.
“Inspecting facilities, hotel and security situation would be the highlight of their visit. Also, the NFF would solicit assistance from the state government in any capacity for the tie.
“Already, we have dispatched letters of invitation to the players invited for the game. All hands are on deck to ensure the Eagles get the best preparations,’’ he said.
The November 12 game against Algeria will be Nigeria’s 50th World Cup qualifying home match.
In their previous 49 home matches, the Super Eagles had won 39 and drawn seven, while losing three.
The first home match for Nigeria was on September 10, 1960, when they tied 2-2 with Ghana’s Black Stars in Lagos.