Lagos - The delegations of U23 national team of Congo and Equatorial
Guinea’s senior women’s national team to this weekend’s important qualifying
matches against Nigerian teams will arrive in the country on today.
An official of the Equatorial Guinea football federation confirmed
on Wednesday that the delegation would travel to Nigeria’s federal capital
aboard a chartered flight.
Further information has now been made available to the Nigeria
Football Federation by the Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in
Abuja that the delegation, which will be led by that country’s Minister of
Youth and Sports, Mr. Andres Jorge Mbomio Nsem Abua, will be made up of an
official delegation of 45 persons, to be accompanied by 100 supporters. The
team’s aircraft will land by 2pm on Friday.
Similarly, the Congolese football federation
simply announced that its U23 squad would be in Port Harcourt on Friday
evening, without giving further details.
The skeletal information that has been provided came only after
the NFF competitions department wrote to FIFA and CAF to complain about being
kept in the dark by the opponents.
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The Super Falcons will welcome their counterparts from Equatorial
Guinea to an African third round, first leg qualifier for the Women’s Football
Tournament of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
A tough game is at hand at the National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday
as the girls from Equatorial Guinea consider themselves to be Falcons’ only
substantial rivals in Africa – Equatorial Guinea has won two African Women
Championship titles, to Falcons’ seven, in the nine championships held so far.
Congo’s U23 boys will face the Nigeria U-23 team in a final round,
first leg qualifier for the 2ndAfrican U-23 Championship, coming up
in Senegal in December this year. Africa’s three flag bearers for the Men’s
Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics will emerge at the tournament in
Senegal, with a fourth to play-off against a team from Asia.
wards also expect a tough match against Congo, which eliminated Ghana’s Black
Meteors in the last round and is coached by experienced Frenchman, Claude