Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have pushed the departure of the female national team, Super Falcons forward by 24 hours, as the squad will now fly to Algeria on Saturday for the first leg of their Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifier in the North Afircan country.
The NFF disclosed that the Falcons’ delegation of 18 players, with members of the coaching crew, backroom staff and other officials to Algeria will depart Nigeria on Saturday aboard Turkish Airline into Istanbul and then connect to Algiers from Turkey’s commercial capital.
Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby is banking on only home-based lasses to do battle with the Algerians, following the inability of players across Europe and Asia to make the trip due to engagements with their clubs.
Officials from Mali will take charge of the clash, which Algeria Football Federation has scheduled for Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida (outside Algiers), to kick off at 7pm on Wednesday, 28th August.
Teneba Bagayoko will be the centre referee, with compatriots Mariam Coulibaly (assistant referee 1) and Djeneba Dembélé (assistant referee 2) also on duty.
The fourth official will be Dorsaf Ganouati from Tunisia while Mana Dzodope from Togo will serve as referee assessor and Oumou Kane from Mauritania will be the match commissioner.
For the return leg, which Nigeria Football Federation has scheduled for Agege Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday, 3rd September, starting from 4pm, Zomadre Kore from Cote d’Ivoire will be the referee.
She will be supported by her compatriots, Lou Ta (assistant referee 1), Denise Akoua (assistant referee 2) and Fatoumata Kra (fourth official, while Ghana’s Emmanuella Aglago will serve as referee assessor and Cameroon’s Souadatou Kalkaba will be match commissioner.
Meanwhile, world football body, FIFA has appointed Nigerian officials, led by Quadri Adebimpe, for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Gambia and Angola scheduled for Bakau on Friday, 6th September 2019.
The match, scheduled for Independence Stadium in Bakau, will also see Nigerians Celestine Igudia (assistant referee 1), Samuel Pwadutakam (assistant referee 2) and Abdullahi Shuaibu (fourth official) in action.
Rashid Sanusie from Sierra Leone will serve as the referee assessor while Liberian Andy Quamie will be match commissioner.