With the Super Eagles defeat of the Red Devils of Congo 2 – 0 at the weekend to set the stage for an historic encounter with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Wednesday at the Akwa Ibom Stadium, the Nest of Champions in Uyo, the entire city is agog for the clash.
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, while reacting to the hard-won victory of the Super Eagles over the Red Devils at Point Noire, said “the match against the South Africans will be a memorable one for all Nigerians, as all logistic arrangements have been completed to ensure a hitch-free encounter between the two sides on Wednesday.”
According to him, tickets for the last qualifying match for the Super Eagles in Group A of the 2015 AFCON qualifiers are being sold at designated banks and local government headquarters across the state. He added that while tickets for the popular side go for N500, tickets for the State Box go for N3000 each.
Mr. Umanah who expressed happiness over the well-deserved victory of Nigeria over the Congolese, mentioned that the triumphant Eagles will be received by ecstatic supporters when they turn out for training in Uyo on Monday, November 17.
Super Eagles suffered a 2-3 loss to the Red Devils during their first leg encounter of the AFCON qualifiers at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar last September 6, thus putting dimming Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
A win for the Super Eagles in Wednesday’s encounter against the Bafana Bafana is very crucial, as the last encounter between the two sides last September 10, in South Africa ended in a goalless draw.
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, confirmed the 30,000 capacity Akwa Ibom International Stadium as venue for the November 19 cracker when a delegation of the Continental football body, led by the vice-president of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Fred Crentsil inspected the facility.
Mr. Crentsil, during the inspection, remarked that “You guys have a wonderful facility here. It is one of the best I have seen anywhere around Africa and elsewhere.”
The Akwa Ibom International Stadium was inaugurated November 7, by President Goodluck Jonathan, in company with President John Mahama of Ghana and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D’ivoire, with the home-based Eagles recording a 1 -0 victory over the U-23 side of Ghana, the Black Meteors, in an international friendly to commemorate the occasion.