Nigeria will display the Under-17 World Cup trophy won by the Golden Eaglets in the UAE during Saturday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.
The victorious Eaglets squad will also be at the stadium to cheer their seniors to victory, according to NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire.
“The Fifa Under-17 World Cup that the Eaglets won in Abu Dhabi on Friday would be on display at the State Box on Saturday,” Olajire said.
“Already, Governor Liyel Imoke has invited the Eaglets, who spent the better part of their camping programme in Calabar, to be part of the occasion.”
Saturday’s match between the Super Eagles and the Walya Antelopes will be the 214th match of the Aminu Maigari administration at the Nigeria Football Federation.
And Maigari, says victory is guaranteed for Nigeria’s flag to fly in Brazil next year summer.
“I am confident that the Eagles will overpower the Antelopes at our beloved U. J. Esuene Stadium on Saturday. It has been a 17-month journey from the time we defeated Namibia in Calabar in June 2012, but a happy ending makes it worthwhile for everyone involved.”
In its 38-and-half months of existence, the Maigari administration has played 213 matches, winning 124 and drawing 32, while losing the rest.
Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes flew into Calabar direct from Addis Ababa aboard a chartered aircraft on Thursday, and all arrangements have been made for the team at its preferred Channel View Hotel, while the NFF has perfected security, transport and other necessary arrangements for the visitors.
Leading 2-1 from the first-leg, the African champions are favourites to secure one of the continent’s five tickets to football’s biggest house party, at the final whistle by Gambian referee, Bakary Papa Gassama.