The Akwa Ibom Government has announced that tickets for Saturday’s World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria will go for N1,000 and N500 for covered seats and popular side respectively.
The information is in a statement by Ademola Olajire, spokesman of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, made available in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mr. Olajire quoted Nse Edem, the Permanent Secretary, Akwa Ibom Ministry of Youth and Sports as saying the match tickets were worth more than the price they were being sold for.
Mr. Edem said “given the importance of the match and high expectations of Nigerians, the match tickets are certainly worth more than what they are being offered.
“However, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has charged the Organizing Committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren to make the tickets affordable.
“This is to enable us to have a full house to cheer the Super Eagles on the day.”
Mr. Edem, who is also the Chairman of Media and Publicity Committee for the big game, assured that the Akwa Ibom Government, working in harmony with the NFF would deliver a hitch-free game on Saturday.
Present at the briefing on Tuesday in Uyo were Albert Patrick (State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists), Aniedi Dickson (Director of Sports), Emmanuel Ibah (Chairman, Akwa Ibom FA) and Paul Bassey, Chairman of Sports Services in Akwa Ibom, the statement noted.
It added that Bassey had been saddled with general coordination of the match by the state government.
The World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria’s national football team – Les Fennecs, also referred to as the ‘desert fox’ is a big soccer event to watch.
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