10th October, 2012
The Liberia Football Association, LFA, on Wednesday informed the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, that its delegation to Saturday’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifying cracker against the Super Eagles will arrive Thursday.
The time of arrival was not stated. The letter from the LFA simply stated that the contingent of 125 persons, comprising players of the Lone Star, technical and backroom staff, LFA officials, government functionaries, media representatives and supporters will storm Calabar in a chartered aircraft.
The Liberian delegation will be accommodated at the Channels View Hotel, while match officials, led by Match Commissioner, El Hadj Moucharaf Anjorin from Benin Republic will stay at the Axari Hotel.
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has picked South African match officials to take charge of the crucial game, with school teacher Daniel Bennett at the centre.
Both teams played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Monrovia last month, with the winners on aggregate to be eligible for the three-week, 16-nation African Cup of Nations finals in South Africa early next year.
The 10,000 –capacity U. J. Esuene Stadium in Canaan City is expected to be filled to capacity as Nigerians are looking forward to seeing their Eagles return to African football’s summit.
Officials of the NFF confirmed on Wednesday that the Lone Star will have a feel of the U. J. Esuene Stadium on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the U-17 team of Guinea, billed to take on the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, will train at the stadium on Friday ahead of the 2013 African U-17 Championship qualifier scheduled for Sunday.