The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed that the second round-first leg 2003 African Under-17 qualifier between the Golden Eaglets and their Guinean counterparts on Sunday will kick off at 2:00pm at the U.J Esuene Sports Stadium in Calabar.
The match was shifted forward from the usual 4:00pm kick off to 2:00pm at the instance of the Guinean delegation who want to return to Lagos immediately after the match on Sunday in order to connect with their early Monday morning flight back to Conakry.
The NFF granted the request of their Guinean counterparts since they would have to wait till next Friday if they miss their already scheduled arrangement.
Meanwhile, Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, Manu Garba(MFR) stated that he’s not
disturbed over the change in kick off time of the match, adding that he has prepared his team in case of any eventuality.
“Even if they say we should play on Friday, we are ready for this match,” Manu confidently said.
“We are not worried about when this match is going to be played. We have adequately prepared for any possible occurrence and I can say with assurance that we are ready to play Guinea anytime.”
In a related development, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Chadian match officials for the Nigeria-Guinea game with Mahamat Tahir Oumar as the Centre Referee.
He will be assisted by the trio of Yaya Issa (1st Assistant Referee), Mahamat Badjouri (2nd Assistant Referee) and Cordier Adam (Reserve Referee). The Match Commissioner is Alhaji Yunisa Alim Sesay from Sierra Leone.
And in a related development, the Golden Eaglets have been tipped as one of the favourites at the 2013 edition of the continental cadet tourney to be held in Morocco.
The Nigerian youngsters, which started their campaign with an aplomb with a 10-1 aggregate win over Niger in the first round, continue their chase for glory with a second round-first round at home to Guinea on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the game, Leo Moffi, current president of the Calabar chapter of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), has noted that the Golden Eaglets have what it takes to go all the way.
“I think we have a good team that could conquer the continent and I’m saying this based on what I have seen so far,” said the erstwhile goalkeeper of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu.