Abuja - The delegation of Super Eagles to Saturday’s 2017
Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania,
will fly out of Abuja at 3pm on Thursday.
Arrival at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es
Salaam will be at 10pm (8pm Nigeria time) of the same day.
Nigeria Football Federation says Super Eagles’ delegation
will be made up of 23 players, technical officials, a number of Members of NFF
Executive Committee and Management, NFF Staff, some representatives of the
media, football stakeholders and members of the Nigeria Football Supporters
Both countries have not met at senior level since December
1980, but there have been clashes at junior level, and an African Women Championship
qualifying fixture, in recent years.
That December, 35 years ago, the Taifa Stars had good
reasons to hope for an upset when they held reigning African champions Green
Eagles to a 1-1 draw in Lagos in the first leg of a 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying
fixture. But two first half goals by John Chidozie and Christian Nwokocha in
Dar es Salaam two weeks later sent Tanzania packing from the race.
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In 2011, Nigeria’s U-23 lost 0-1 to their Tanzanian
counterparts in a 2012 Olympics qualifier away, but thrashed the visitors 3-0
in Benin City. The following year, the Flying Eagles also sent Tanzania’s U-20,
known as Ngorongoro Heroes, out of the race for the 2013 African Youth
Championship. Last year, the Super Falcons eliminated Tanzania’s senior women from
the race to the 9th African Women Championship in Namibia.
The first –ever meeting between both countries was on July 6
1972 – a scoreless draw in a friendly in Dar es Salaam. Four months later,
Nigeria's Eagles edged two quick friendlies 2-1 and 3-2 in Benin City and Lagos
respectively, and then achieved another 2-1 win over the Taifa Stars during the
2nd All-Africa Games Nigeria hosted in January 1973.
In February 1976, both countries played out a 0-0 draw in a
friendly in Dar es Salaam on the Green Eagles’ way into Ethiopia for the Africa
Cup of Nations. And in March 1980, Nigeria won the opening match of the 1980
Africa Cup of Nations (for which they eventually emerged champions) 3-1 in
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