The Super Eagles of Nigeria have arrived in Swaziland ahead of Fridy’s
2018 FIFA World Cup African Qualifying Round 2 clash with the Sihlangu
The delegation led by NFF 1st Vice President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi,
traveled aboard a chartered ARIK Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft from the
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and landed at the Matsapha
International Airport, Manzini at 4pm Swazi time (3pm Nigeria time), after
NFF President Amaju Pinnick, still travel–weary following a 25 –hour shuttle
from Chile where the Golden Eaglets retained the FIFA U-17 World Cup on
Sunday, saw off the delegation that also included Chairman of NFF
Technical and Development Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu.
The delegation also included NFF Technical Committee member, Mutiu
Adepoju, 24 players, Coach Sunday Oliseh, other technical and backroom
staff, NFF Management officials Chris Andekin, Bola Oyeyode, Ademola
Olajire and Tunde Aderibigbe, some football stakeholders, few media
representatives and some members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club.
At the Matsapha International Airport, the group was received by about three
dozen excited Nigerians based in Swaziland, who cheered lustily and sang
various songs as players and officials walked into awaiting buses. They
were clad in T-Shirts specially made for the occasion.
“We really appreciate this show of love from fellow Nigerians, who have left
their businesses in various areas of Swaziland to come and welcome the
National Team of Nigeria,” said leader of delegation, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi.
Also at the airport were NFF Executive Committee member, Alhaji Ibrahim
Musa Gusau and Assistant Director (Technical), Rafiu Yusuf, who had gone
ahead of the delegation to make arrangements for the team’s comfortable
stay. Chief Executive Officer of the National Football Association of Swaziland, Frederick Mngomezulu, was also at the airport.
The Super Eagles had a feel of the Somhlolo National Stadium, venue of
today’s match, as Coach Sunday Oliseh supervised a 45 –minute session
under the floodlights.
Oliseh: “Our objective is clear. We are here to play well and win well. The
NFF are doing their part well by ensuring comfortable traveling and
accommodation arrangements. Now, we will go to the field tomorrow(today)
and give our very best for our country.
“I have confidence in this group. The players still need time and matches to
bond together very well, but I love the hunger to that I see in these boys.”
Today’s match will kick off at 7pm Swaziland time, which is 6pm in Nigeria.