Libya have taken a dramatic turnaround in their travel plans for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria, as the squad from North Africa will now storm Uyo on Thursday.
This, footballlive.ng can report, is 24 hours earlier than their initial plan to arrive in the Akwa Ibom State capital barely 24 hours before the game at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
However, in what could be a ploy to ensure they settle down well enough, to rest and acclimatise before lining out against the Eagles, Libya Football Federation (LFF) disclosed on Tuiesday that the team will arrive a day earlier.
A statement by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) media department revealed that the LFF confirmed that a 54 –man delegation comprising players, technical crew, backroom staff and LFF officials will fly into Ibom International Airport, Uyo aboard a chartered aircraft on Thursday.
Conversely, the NFF press statement also disclosed a change in travel scheduled for the match officials from Democratic Republic of Congo.
The officials, alongside the referee assessor from Mali and the security officer from South Africa, will now arrive in Nigeria on Thursday and then fly to Uyo on Friday morning.
Heading into Saturday’s match, The Mediterranean Knights top Group E with four points, while South Africa are second and Nigeria lie third.