Home based Super Eagles are set for today’s crunch battle against the Etalons of Burkina Faso in the second leg of the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifier between.
The Eagles take a 2-0 lead into the final leg, with goals from Yaro Bature and Gbolahan Salami in Port Harcourt last week.
It was at the Stade stadium April 1997, that the Super Eagles greatly enhanced their chances of qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, when defeating the Etalons 2-1 in a dramatic encounter.
Burkina Faso had boasted that they will cancel the two goals the Super Eagles scored in Prot Harcourt in thirty minutes and go ahead to win today’s match and qualify for Rwanda 2016.
Meanwhile Super Eagles team B coach , Salisu Yusuf said before departure to Burkina Faso that the Eagles are bent on winning the game even as Captain Gbolahan Salami said they would winning the match for Nigerians and sick coach Sunday Oliseh.
However, efforts by the host federation (FBF) to move today’s match to 3.30pm, as against the 4pm communicated to the NFF, was opposed by NFF officials led by deputy director (competitions) Bola Oyeyode at the match coordination meeting yesterday.
Oyeyode, a CAF General Coordinator, produced the letter sent to the NFF by the FBF, to the effect that the match would start 4pm (5pm Nigeria time) and showed same to the Match Commissioner, Mr. Idrissa Sarr from Mauritania. Sarr ruled in favour of Nigeria.
The Super Eagles will be adorned in green, while the Etalons will wear white. Libyan referee Mohamed Ragab Omara will be at the centre, assisted by compatriots Foaad Mohamed El Maghrabi, Baesus Safe- El Naser and Abdallah Baesus Ashraf as assistant 1, assistant 2 and reserve referee respectively.
The winner on aggregate will enter the pot for next month’s Draw for the 4th African Nations Championship, taking place in Rwanda 16 January – 7 February, 2016.

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