2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria’s Eagles arrive Zambia

The Nigerian delegation to Sunday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Zambia arrived in Ndola minutes after noon on Saturday.

Nigeria’s Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, led the delegation.

The delegation includes NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, NFF vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, some members of the National Assembly, some members of the NFF Executive Committee, some Members of NFF Management led by Deputy General Secretary, Emmanuel Ikpeme.

Also a few NFF Staff, some officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, some directors of the League Management Company as well as representatives of the media were on board.

The 148 –seater Arik Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft touched down at the Simon Kawewe International Airport, Ndola at 12.07pm Zambian time (11.07am Nigerian time), after a 4-hour-and-20-minute flight from Abuja.

Officials of the High Commission of Nigeria in Zambia and officials from the Football Association of Zambia welcomed the delegation, with a dozen Nigerian youth waving a big banner and miniature Nigerian flags.

The banner read: Welcome to Zambia. Super Eagles of Nigeria. Go Super Eagles Go. fb_20161008_14_02_58_saved_picture

Also on ground were NFF Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode, and Head of Protocol, Tunde Aderibigbe, who had left Nigeria on Thursday as advance party of the Nigeria contingent.

FAZ officials hinted thenff.com that football–loving President Edgar Lungu is expected to be special guest of honour at Sunday’s match.

The Super Eagles, who are staying at the Protea Hotel Marriott, which is adjacent to the match venue – Levy Nwanawasa Stadium – are scheduled to have the official training at 4.30pm.

Sunday’s encounter, the first FIFA World Cup qualifying match at senior level between both countries, will kick off at 2.30pm Zambian time (1.30pm Nigerian time).

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