The Taifa Stars of Tanzania arrive Nigeria on Thursday via an Ethiopian Airline flight, and immediately flew to Uyo aboard a Dana Air flight and they hope to achieve their first-ever win over the Super Eagles in an AFCON 2017 qualifier on Saturday in Uyo.
NFF’s head of protocol, Tunde Aderibigbe, received the contingent in Abuja and flew together with them to Uyo, while NFF deputy general secretary Emmanuel Ikpeme received the delegation at the airport in Uyo, before the visitors were driven to the Ibom Le Meridien hotel.
The first encounter between the two teams was at the 2nd All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 1973, with Nigeria edging the tie 2-1. In 1980, at the 12th Africa Cup of Nations finals also hosted by Nigeria, the Green Eagles lashed the Taifa Stars 3-1 in the tournament’s opening match.
In the qualifying race for the Spain ’82 FIFA World Cup finals, both teams drew 1-1 at the National Stadium in Lagos, before Nigeria won 2-0 in Dar es Salaam thanks to goals by John Chidozie and Christian Nwokocha.
Match officials for Saturday’s match also arrived in Nigeria on Thursday.
The officials are Bokinda Inyangi (Democratic Republic of Congo), who is match commissioner, and Algerians Mehdi Abid Charef (referee), Abdelhak Etchiali (first assistant), Ahmed Tamen (second assistant) and Mustapha Ghorbal (reserve referee).