A 250-man Nigerian delegation is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Saturday, Oct. 12 ahead of the Ethiopia/Nigeria match scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13.
The all-important match is the first leg tie in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Africa Final Elimination Series.
The match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes hold at the 28,000-capacity Addis Ababa National Stadium, with 4 p.m. Ethiopian time as kick-off time.
A letter from the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) to the country’s embassy in Ethiopia said the Nigerian delegation for the match includes involve 250 persons, belonging to various groups.
The letter, signed by Musa Amadu, the Secretary-General of the NFA explained that the delegation would include 20 players, as well as a team of coaches and backroom staff.
Others in the delegation, according to the NFA are officials of the National Sports Commission (NSC), members of the National Assembly (NASS), and NFA board members and management staff.
“There will also be Nigerian football stakeholders, NFA staff, journalists and members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club on the delegation,’’ Amadu said in the letter.
The letter also said an advance team would arrive in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, Oct. 8 to facilitate the arrangement for accommodation and logistics ahead of the match on Sunday.
It said the Nigerian delegation would depart Abuja in the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 12 on a chartered flight and was expected to arrive in Addis Ababa a few hours later.
However, it is not known who will lead the delegation, as names of the dignitaries on the trip were not mentioned in the letter.