Abuja - The Super
Eagles of Nigeria have arrived in Swaziland ahead of Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup
African Qualifying Round 2 clash with the Sihlangu Somnikati.
delegation led by NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, traveled aboard a
chartered ARIK Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft from the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja and landed at the Matsapha International Airport,
Manzini at 4pm Swazi time (3pm Nigeria time), after
President Amaju Pinnick, still travel –weary following a 25 –hour shuttle from
Chile where the Golden Eaglets retained the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Sunday, saw off the
delegation that also included Chairman of NFF Technical and Development
Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu.
delegation also included NFF Technical Committee member, Mutiu Adepoju, 24
players, Coach Sunday Oliseh, other technical and backroom staff, NFF Management
officials Chris Andekin, Bola Oyeyode, Ademola Olajire and Tunde Aderibigbe,
some football stakeholders, few media representatives and some members of the
Nigeria Football Supporters Club.
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Matsapha International Airport, the group was received by about three dozen
excited Nigerians based in Swaziland, who cheered lustily and sang various songs
as players and officials walked into awaiting buses. They were clad in T-Shirts
specially made for the occasion.
appreciate this show of love from fellow Nigerians, who have left their
businesses in various areas of Swaziland to come and welcome the National Team
of Nigeria,” said leader of delegation, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi.
Also at the
airport were NFF Executive Committee member, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau and
Assistant Director (Technical), Rafiu Yusuf, who had gone ahead of the
delegation to make arrangements for the team’s comfortable stay. Chief
Executive Officer of the National Football Association of Swaziland, Frederick
Mngomezulu, was also at the airport.
The Super Eagles had a
feel of the Somhlolo National Stadium, venue of Friday’s match, as Coach Sunday Oliseh supervised a
45 minute session under the floodlights.