Rwanda’s delegation to Saturday’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Nigeria, flew into Lagos on Wednesday afternoon aboard Rwanda Air flight.
The contingent, made of 25 players and 11 officials, is scheduled to be airlifted from Lagos to Calabar aboard an Arik Air flight on Thursday morning. The players and officials will stay at Channel View Hotel in the town, nick-named Canaan City.
It has been eight years since Rwanda’s senior team clashed with the Super Eagles in a competitive match in Nigeria. On June 5, 2004, in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying match played against the Super Eagles at the National Stadium, The Rwandan team lost 2-0 to Nigeria.
The Minister of Sports/Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi, sports-loving Inspector-General of Police, M. D. Abubakar, and the Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, are among prominent personalities expected at Saturday’s showdown at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) also confirmed on Wednesday that Referee Nomandiez Doue from Cote d’Ivoire and his assistants will fly into Nigeria on an Arik Air flight from Accra on Thursday night, before proceeding to Calabar on Friday morning.
NFF’s Director of Technical, Emmanuel Ikpeme, has been in the Canaan City since Monday putting finishing touches to arrangements for a successful hosting.
On their part, the players and officials of the Super Eagles arrived in Calabar on Tuesday to intensify preparation for a victorious outing against the Amavubi.