Lagos - The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Congo will kick off 5pm local time at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Saturday.
The Red Devils, who won the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon 42 years ago, were restored to the campaign after losing on penalty shoot –out to Rwanda’s Amavubi, following CAF’s disqualification of Rwanda for fielding an ineligible player.
Saturday’s showdown is the first of six matches for each of the teams in seven groups of four teams in the qualifying series for the finals scheduled for Morocco in January.
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Clashes between Nigeria and Congo at international level are few and far between, but the Devils famously held the Eagles to a 0-0 draw in Lagos in a group phase match at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, and last year, the Golden Eaglets mauled the Congo U-17 side 7-0 at the African U-17 Championship in Morocco.
The Super Eagles delegation is expected to fly into Cape Town on Tuesday morning for the clash with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on Wednesday next week.
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