WorldStage Newsonline-- The Super Eagles finally arrived in Blantyre, the landlocked capital of Malawi on Friday afternoon, ready for Saturday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifying match against the host nation’s senior team, known as The Flames.
Led by President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, the delegation also included Chairman of the House of Reps Committee on Sports, Honourable Godfrey Gaiya, 2nd Vice President of NFF and Chairman of Nigeria Premier League, Chief Rumson Baribote, Executive Committee member Barrister Olaleye Adepoju, NFF General Secretary and Director of Technical, a couple of NFF Secretariat staff, a few officials of the National Sports Commission, a couple of House of Reps’ members, few chairmen of State FAs, members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club led by Dr. Rafiu Oladipo and some journalists.
The contingent, which was earlier scheduled to leave Nigeria on Thursday evening, eventually took off from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 6.40am and stopped over at the Aeroport Kinshasa after a two-and-half hour flight. Another three-and-half hour flight took the delegation to the Chileka International Airport, Blantyre at 2.56pm local time (1.56pm Nigeria time).
The Eagles, who are staying at the Sunbird Hotel, were scheduled to train at the Kamuzu Stadium on Friday evening.
Saturday’s World Cup qualifier will start at 2.30pm (1.30pm Nigeria time), with match referees from Mauritius. The match commissioner is Adam Mthethwa from Swaziland while the Referee Assessor is Bernard Mfubusa from Burundi.