Eagles, Cranes For Battle Today

Super Eagles

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.

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