Ahead of Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier clash between Nigeria and Algeria, the Akwa Ibom State Government has said they will procure and distribute about 20,000 jerseys to fans as part of support for the team.
Chairman of the Publicity sub -committee of the LOC and Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mr Nse Edem, who disclosed this to newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday, added that the government is doing all it can to ensure the team comes out victorious this weekend.
He explained that the LOC chaired by, Mr Etekamba Umoren, also has other unites which includes medical, security, accommodation and marketing, which would be coordinated by veteran sports journalist, Mr. Paul Bassey.
He further noted that the LOC is doing all this to ensure that the lapses observed in the last AFCON qualifier against Tanzania do not reoccur.
“As far as we are concerned there will be no excuses for failure because we have learnt our lessons from the last AFCON qualifier played in Uyo and we have put every arrangement in place to ensure they don’t reoccur again,” he said.
According to him sales of ticket commences today (Wednesday) at designated places in the state and would also be made available to fans in other parts of the country.
He assured visiting fans that about 200 stewards have been mobilised to ensure their safety while the supporters clubs of local teams in the state would also be mobilised to compliment the Nigeria Football Supporters Club to cheer the Super Eagles to victory.
“As far as Akwa Ibom state is concerned there will be no margin for errors for this weekend’s qualifier and we are confident that Uyo will host all the Super Eagles home matches for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers”, he added.
The Super Eagles will host Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Saturday in a crucial FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier clash.