The Nigeria Football Federation have confirmed that players and officials of the Super Falcons and the U-23 Eagles will fly out of Nigeria on Thursday for their crucial second legs in pursuit of 2016 Olympic Games tickets.
Completesportsnigeria.com exclusivelyreported days ago that the U-23s would leave for Congo on Thursday, and the NFF have confirmed that information on their website.
The U-23s take a narrow 2-1 lead to the second leg after missing a hatful of chances in Port Harcourt, while the Falcons were held to a 1-1 draw in Abuja.
The NFF announced on their website on Wednesday that the Falcons will fly into Malabo at about 3am on Friday aboard CEIBA ariline, and then proceed to mainland Bata by 7am.
The team is scheduled to have the official training at the Stadium Nkoatoma de Bata on Saturday, ahead of Sunday’s clash.
The U-23s, led by Samson Siasia, will fly aboard Ethiopia Airline to Pointe Noire, to arrive just after noon.
Already, leaders of the Nigerian community in Congo-Brazzaville, who mobilized Nigerians in that country and provided useful tips for the Super Eagles before a 2-0 win against the Red Devils in the same city in November last year, have swung into action to back the team all the way.
FIFA has appointed Marximina Luzia Bernardo from Angola as referee for the Equatorial Guinea-Nigeria match in Bata, with fellow Angolans Luisa Massanga Luhaco, Andalia Bimbi Francisco Jeremias and Tania Marisa Duarte as first assistant, second assistant and fourth official respectively. Agathe Athacou of Cote d’Ivoire is the referee assessor and Nomsa Mahlangu from South Africa as commissioner.
In Pointe Noire, Mohamed Marouf from Egypt is the referee, alongside compatriots Mahmoud Ahmed Abo El Regal, Samir Gamal Saad and Mahmoud Zakria El Banna who will serve as first assistant, second assistant and reserve referee respectively. Bernard Mfubusa from Burundi is the match commissioner.