Nigeria’s national football team the Super Eagles arrived Swaziland ahead of Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup African Qualifying Round 2 clash with the Sihlangu Somnikati.
The team traveled aboard a chartered ARIK Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and landed at the Matsapha International Airport, Manzini at 4pm Swazi time (3pm Nigeria time), after six hours.
At the Matsapha International Airport, the group was received by about three dozen excited Nigerians based in Swaziland, who cheered lustily and sang various songs as players and officials walked into awaiting buses. They were clad in T-Shirts specially made for the occasion.
The Super Eagles had a feel of the Somhlolo National Stadium, venue of Friday’s match, as Coach Sunday Oliseh supervised a 45 –minute session under the floodlights.
Oliseh: “Our objective is clear. We are here to play well and win well. The NFF are doing their part well by ensuring comfortable traveling and accommodation arrangements. Now, we will go to the field tomorrow and give our very best for our country.
“I have confidence in this group. The players still need time and matches to bond together very well, but I love the hunger to achieve that I see in these boys.”
Friday’s match will kick off at 7pm Swaziland time, which is 6pm in Nigeria. The players and officials are staying at the Lugogo Sun Hotels.