The match will be the largest soccer event in the city’s history.
An historic crowd of well over 50,000 enthusiastic soccer fans is expected Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida, as the Super Eagles and the United States play their last test match before heading to the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Officials expect the largest crowd ever for a friendly match in the Southeast when the Americans conclude their send-off series against African champion Nigeria on Saturday at 6 p.m. (11 p.m. Nigeria time) at EverBank Field.
Coming just one week before the World Cup, the match will be the largest soccer event in the city’s history.
With an anticipated crowd of more than 50,000, according to the United States Soccer Federation, Jacksonville is poised to shatter its existing regional attendance record.
Jacksonville also set the previous mark, drawing 44,432 for a May 2012 U.S. exhibition match against Scotland.
While there is much fuss around the fanfare around Saturday’s match, it is a different atmosphere around the Eagles camp as Coach Stephen Keshi is condemned to fielding a depleted team with news that as much as three key players are out of tonight’s game.
The Super Eagles trio of Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo and Ahmed Musa, are all set to miss out from the test match.
While Musa may turn out a surprise inclusion, left-back Echiejile is ruled out of the high profile friendly with a hamstring injury which is even threatening his World Cup aspirations.
On his part, while Chelsea centre-back, Omeruo, is not injured, the young defender is said to not have fully recovered from the illness he has been struggling with in the past days.
Musa on his part is said to have shaken off the slight knock he cupped in his last outing. But the national team handlers are undecided whether to rest the Russia based forward play him.
Meanwhile, Media Officer for the Eagles, Ben Alaiya, has confirmed that Nigeria will be wearing her traditional all green jerseys against the United States even as he confirmed that the kickoff time for the game will now be 6.00 p.m. (11.00 p.m. Nigeria time) instead of the earlier 6.30 p.m. (11.30 p.m.) previously advertised.
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