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Super Eagles Get Full Bonuses Despite Yaounde Stalemate. 

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The Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation to pay players and officials of the Super Eagles their full match bonus for Monday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup encounter against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Yaounde, even though the match ended in a draw.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick disclosed this to the team on board the ARIK Air Bombadier CRJ 1000 aircraft that flew the Nigerian delegation back to Abuja on Tuesday morning. The players and officials applauded the gesture as Pinnick insisted it was just reward for a exceptional showing by the Nigerian squad over the two legs of the most anticipated fixture of Group B, the Group of Death. 

“When the draw was made last year, people said ours was the Group of Death. But you have stayed very much alive with scintillating performances and done the nation very proud.”

The Member of CAF Executive Committee also revealed on Tuesday morning that preparations for October’s important match day 5 clash against the Chipolopolo of Zambia, at which the Super Eagles are expected to pick the needed points for  the World Cup ticket, has already begun. 

“Even before the conclusion of this second match against Cameroon in Yaounde, we had started the arrangements for the match against Zambia. The Chairman of Organizing Committee (NFF 1st VP, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi) will travel to Uyo this week to see Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and they will go through the check –list together.

“Nothing will be left to chance. It is a very big match, and the way things have turned out against Cameroon, it is now an even bigger match than the ones we played against Cameroon. There must be no room for error.”

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Mikel: Zambia Is In Good Spirit But It’s Time To Wrap It Up

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Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi is not getting carried away by Nigeria being tipped the favourites to outclass Zambia. 

The Tianjin Teda midfielder, John Obi Mikel is not underating the Zambians and has dismissed their Underdog Tag. 

Serious Task Ahead

Mikel, knowing what is astake, has however given an insight of what the Super Eagles will do come next week Saturday. 

Having defeated Algeria home and away, Mikel believes the Super Eagles will have to take Zambia seriously. 

Time Up

But he is confident Nigeria will grab the the ticket to the World Cup in Russia with a victory. 

”I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers.

Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat,” Mikel told thenff.com.

”We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up.”

Right Attitude 

In conclusion, the former Chelsea ace heaped praise on his teammates and the technical crew. 

He explained that the Super Eagles’ imminent World Cup qualification is due to the crew’s hardwork and positive approach. 

Mikel added : ”We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death.’

“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there.”

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Bondo To Decide Nigeria Versus Zambia Affair 

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39-year old Bostwana referee, Joshua Bondo will take charge of proceedings of Nigeria’s match against Zambia. 

Veteran

Bondo who has been an international referee for the past 10 years will take charge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo next week Saturday.

FIFA has chosen Bondo alongside his countrymen, Oamogetse Godisamang, 40, and Tirelo Mositwane, 30, to rule over the game.  

Godisamang, an international assistant referee since year 2010 will serve as Assistant Referee 1, while Tirelo Mositwane, an international referee since 2013 will serve as Fourth Official. 

Souru Phatsoane from Lesotho will be the Assistant Referee 2 for the October 7 showdown. 

Familiar Face

South Africa’s Mr. Carlos Manuel Neves Henriques will be the Referee Assessor while Sudanese Osama Hassan Ataaelmanan is the match commissioner.

Hassan was also the Match Commissioner for the game between Nigeria and Cameroon in Yaounde on September 4. 

Battle Of Champions 

A win in Uyo will see three –time African champions, Nigeria seal a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance in Russia. 

2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners, Zambia, will face the champions of the 2013, Nigeria, on October 7.

The make-or-break game will Kick –off at 5pm at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo. 

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