Nigeria’s senior football team and African champions, the Super Eagles will stay in Calabar for her match against African minnows, the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia, the final match of their World Cup qualifying series despite the re-opening of the National Stadium, Abuja, calitown.com sources have informed.
The Abuja stadium which has been in a state of disrepair was re-opened this past Tuesday freshly-regressed, fuelling speculations that the match will be taken to Abuja. One source revealed that the Eagles’ reach vein of form, playing in Calabar and the tremendous support from the government and people of the state has influenced the decision to play the match in Calabar.
However, it was again revealed that only players of the team can effect a venue change, if they insist on strutting their stuff on the redone Abuja National Stadium turf. This does not seem likely as Calabar has become ‘Home’ to the team.
Both countries have met seven times with Nigeria winning on four occasions. The last time out was at the Africa Cup of Nations early this year in South Africa. Two spot kicks taken by the mercurial Victor Moses separated the ‘boys from the men’ in their group match. Incidentally, current Eagles coach Stephen Keshi scored a brace when both teams met at the 1982 Nations Cup. Two other meetings ended in draws, while the Ethiopians’ famous 1-0 win came on April 11, 1993 in a 1994 Africa Cup of Nations tie. That winner remains the only goal Ethiopia has scored against Nigeria since their first meeting in 1982.
The first leg of the two-legged play-off will take place in Addis Ababa in early October while the return fixture is scheduled for November.
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