Nigeria’s delegation to today’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Zambia arrived in Ndola minutes after noon yesterday, Saturday.
Nigeria’s Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung led the delegation, which included NFF President Amaju Pinnick, NFF vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, some members of the National Assembly, a few members of the NFF Executive Committee, sports writers, officials of the League Management Company, amongst a few others.
The 148-seater Arik Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft touched down at the Simon Kawewe International Airport, Ndola, Zambia, at 12.07pm Zambia time (11.07am Nigeria time), after a 4-hour, 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 huge banner which read: “Welcome to Zambia, Super Eagles of Nigeria. Go,Super Eagles,Go,” as they waved miniature flags.
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.
According to FAZ officials, football-loving President Edgar Chagwa Lungu would be the 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 – had their official training at 4.30pm (Nigerian time).
Sunday’s encounter, the first FIFA World Cup qualifier at senior level between both countries, will kick off at 2.30pm Zambia time (1.30pm Nigeria time).