A 26-man delegation of the home-based national men’s football team of Cote d’Ivoire will arrive in Lagos on Wednesday, the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said in Abuja on Thursday.
The Ivorians will be in Nigeria for their July 6, 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying match against their Nigerian counterparts.
A statement by NFA’s Assistant Director (Media), Ademola Olajire, said the association on Thursday received correspondence from the office of the General Secretary of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) confirming the team’s arrival.
“The letter confirmed that the delegation will arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos aboard an Asky Airline flight at about 6.40 p.m. on July 3,’’ the statement said. The Ivorians are expected to depart Nigeria through Lagos on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the match scheduled for the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna,” NFA’s statement said.
The match is all-important because Nigeria failed to qualify for the first edition having been stopped by Ghana in the tournament hosted by Cote d’Ivoire in 2009.
The country was also absent at the second edition as it was eliminated by Niger Republic for the Finals hosted in Sudan and won by Tunisia.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ Team Administrator, Enebi Achor, confirmed on Thursday that all 24 players invited to the team’s camp were expected to report in Abuja on Sunday.