Abuja - The city of Dar es Salaam stayed up into the early hours of Friday
to welcome the Super Eagles of Nigeria, who arrived in a chartered flight for a
2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Taifa Stars on Saturday.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick was at the head of a 110 –man
delegation which also included former NFF President Aminu Maigari, NFF 2nd Vice
President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko, some Members of the NFF Executive Committee
including Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Sunday Dele-Ajayi and Sharif Inuwa and a couple
of Management Staff. Also on board was former Commissioner for Sports, Ogun
State, and Honourable Bukola Olopade.
There were 23 players of the Super Eagles, technical and
administrative officials of the team led by Head Coach Sunday Oliseh, a number
of NFF staff, some football stakeholders, a number of media representatives and
20 members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club led by the President-General,
Dr. Rafiu Oladipo.
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The chartered ARIK Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft that flew out of
the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja touched down at the Julius
Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam at 11.56pm Tanzania time (9.56pm
Some officials of the High Commission of Nigeria in Dar es Salaam
joined NFF advance delegation led by Deputy Director (Competitions), Bola
Oyeyode in receiving the Eagles' delegation.
A number of TV crews were at the airport to interview Super
Eagles' Head Coach Oliseh, and stand-in Captain Ahmed Musa. Musa simply told
them: “We are here to win. That is the spirit of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Of course, we respect the Taifa Stars, but we do not fear any team. I can tell
you that there is a new mentality in this team and our focus is the three
points available on Saturday.”
The Super Eagles, three –time champions of Africa, are staying at
the posh Hyatt Regency Hotel – which is generally regarded as the best hotel in
The Hyatt Regency stares at the 60,000 –capacity National Stadium
(venue of Saturday’s match) from across the sea.
Officials of the Tanzania Football Federation have confirmed that
the Super Eagles will have the official training at the National Stadium by
4.30pm on Friday (which is 2.30pm in Nigeria). But the pre-match press
conference will hold at 11am Tanzania time (9am in Nigeria) the same day.