The stately Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo, will come alive today, as the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Cranes of Uganda lock horns in a prestigious international friendly match.
The last time the venue witnessed elemental explosion of football proportions was when the Super Eagles hosted the Bafana Bafana in a 30th Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. The match ended 2-2 apiece.
The Bafana Bafana will be on the Super Eagles? mind when they take on Uganda, as they also have a date with the South Africans in Nelspruit four days later.
Coincidentally, the first and last clashes between Nigeria and Uganda at senior level ended in 2-1 wins for the Cranes.
On March 14, 1978, Nigeria lost an Africa Cup of Nations semifinal to Uganda 1-2 in Ghana, with both goals scored by Phillip Omondi. The last time both teams squared off was on June 2, 2007, the Cranes coming from behind to win 2-1 after John Utaka had put Nigeria ahead in a 2008 Nations Cup qualifier in Kampala.