By Rachael Ugiagbe


Nigeria’s Super Eagles will on Thursday, September 3 fly out of Abuja at 3:00pm for Saturday’s 2017 AFCON qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.

The team will arrived at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam at 10:00pm local time (8:00pm Nigerian time) of the same day.

The delegation will be made up of 23 players, technical officials, a number of Members of NFF Executive Committee and Management, NFF Staffs, some representatives of the media, football stakeholders and members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club.

Both countries have not met at the senior level since December 1980. 35 years ago, the Taifa Stars held Green Eagles to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of a 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Lagos.

But Green Eagles defeated them 2-0 in Dar es Salaam two weeks later courtesy of first half goals from John Chidozie and Christian Nwokocha sent Tanzania packing from the race.

The first-ever meeting between both countries was on July 6 1972, a goalless draw in a friendly in Dar es Salaam.

Four months later, Nigeria’s Eagles defeated Tanzania in two friendly matches 2-1 and 3-2 in Benin City and Lagos respectively, and then achieved another 2-1 win over the Taifa Stars during the 2nd All-Africa Games Nigeria hosted in January 1973.

In February 1976, both countries played out another goalless draw in a friendly match in Dar es Salaam on the Green Eagles’ way into Ethiopia for the Africa Cup of Nations.

And in March 1980, Nigeria won the opening match of the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations (for which they eventually emerged champions) 3-1 in Lagos.

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