By Albert Akota
Wednesday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles and the Falcons of Sudan will start at 5pm at the main bowl of the National Stadium, Abuja, the Nigeria Football Federation has declared.
Also, tickets for the big match will be on sale as from the morning today at the NFF Secretariat, the Old Parade Ground and Wuse Market, all in Abuja. Ticket for the VIP section will cost N3,000 while ticket for popular side will go for N200 only.
The delegation of the Falcons, which won Saturday’s encounter in Khartoum 1-0, arrived in Abuja on Sunday afternoon aboard an Ethiopian Airline aircraft.
The Nigeria Football Federation has called on spectators coming for the very crucial encounter to dorn the national colours of green and white, in order to endow the arena with glamour and inspire the African champions.
NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, said: “This is the first match the Super Eagles are playing in Abuja after a very long time. We are pleading with our people, residents of Abuja and environs and indeed football lovers from across the length and breadth of the country, to turn out in large numbers to cheer the Super Eagles, and also to turn up in the national colours of green and white.”
The full strength Senior National Team has not played at the National Stadium, Abuja since October 8, 2011, when a 2-2 draw with the Syli Nationale of Guinea condemned Nigeria to non –qualification for the 28th Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea 2012.
Since then, the team has made Calabar principally its home, with the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna also hosting a couple of games. Nigeria’s home matches in the qualifying campaigns for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals were played at the U. J. Esuene Stadium.