The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has announced that the Super Eagles will now be playing an international friendly match with the Cranes of Uganda in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Wednesday, after the national team of Bolivia chickened out of the earlier arrangement to play the Eagles.
NFF’s FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon, said on the Federation’s official website on Thursday that all the paper works needed to be done have already been perfected and a letter of acceptance has been received from the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) that its delegation will fly to Uyo on Monday for the showdown with the three-time African champions.
Pachon also confirmed that action has been instituted against the Bolivia Football Federation who pulled out of the arrangement with Nigeria at the eleventh hour despite signing a contract with the NFF and sending a list of its delegation for visa-on-arrival.
“We certainly will have time to deal with the Bolivia matter in a few days, but our concentration has been on getting a replacement for them so that the FIFA window we had booked would not go away like that.
“Their excuses do not hold any water. But we have spoken to our lawyers and will approach FIFA on the matter. However, we are happy to have been able to secure a team with even higher ranking than Bolivia,” Jairo Pachon said.
Uganda is ranked number 20 in the African continent and 74th in the world, while Bolivia is 92nd in the world.
After playing Uganda in Uyo on Wednesday, the Super Eagles will fly to South Africa on Friday to take on the Bafana Bafana in another friendly, in Nelspruit on Sunday, March 29.