The
delegation of Tanzania’s Taifa Stars to Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifying match against the Super Eagles landed in Abuja on Thursday aboard an
Ethiopian Airline flight, and immediately flew to Uyo aboard a Dana Air flight
same day.
NFF’s
Head of Protocol, Tunde Aderibigbe received the contingent in Abuja and flew
together with them to Uyo, while NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel
Ikpeme received the delegation at the airport in Uyo, before the visiting team
was driven to the Ibom Le Meridien hotel.
The
Taifa Stars are still searching for their first win over the Super Eagles after
five previous clashes. The first encounter between the two teams was at the 2nd
All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 1973, with Nigeria edging the tie 2-1.
In 1980, at the 12th Africa Cup of Nations finals also hosted by Nigeria, the
Green Eagles lashed the Taifa Stars 3-1 in the tournament’s opening match.
In
the qualifying race for the Spain ’82 FIFA World Cup finals, both teams drew
1-1 at the National Stadium in Lagos, before Nigeria won 2-0 in Dar es Salaam
thanks to goals by John Chidozie and Christian Nwokocha.
The
Eagles walked over the Taifa Stars in a 1986 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying
fixture. In the first half of this fixture, in Dar es Salaam in September last
year, both teams drew 0-0.
The
Super Eagles on Thursday intensified their preparation at the Godswill Akpabio
Stadium, Uyo, with a commitment to using the match as rehearsal for next
month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Series Matchday 1 encounter against
Zambia in Ndola.

Meanwhile,
officials for Saturday’s match also arrived in Nigeria on Thursday. They are
Mr. Bokinda Inyangi (Democratic Republic of Congo), who is match commissioner,
and Algerians Mehdi Abid Charef (referee), Abdelhak Etchiali (first assistant),
Ahmed Tamen (second assistant) and Mustapha Ghorbal (reserve referee).  

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