The Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) will mobilize no fewer than 5,000 fans to support the Super Eagles in an international friendly match against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
The match, the Nelson Mandela Challenge, has been scheduled for August 14th the Moses Mahdida Stadium, Durban.
Ikechukwu Anyene, the President of NUSA said it was moblising Nigerians and their friends to watch the Africa champions.
“We have a large number of Nigerians living in Durban. We are in touch with them. The Consul-General has been in touch with us too, asking us to moblise support for our national team.
“The Supper Eagles are the current African champions and many people want to see them play.
“Nigerians turned out in large numbers during the Nations Cup match between Nigeria and Mali at the same stadium.
“They are still going to do the same during this friendly ? the support will not be the problem??, Anyene said.
He said although there was rivalry between the two countries, “there is no score to settle.
“I don’t think there are scores to settle. The Super Eagles are the undisputed champions of Africa, and the match is a friendly to honour the global icon, Nelson Mandela. We are expecting a good match.
“We expect the Eagles to win, but above all, it is to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, even though pride of both countries will play a part in the game. Both teams will want to win for national pride??, Anyene said.
“A good many Nigerians are married to South African women. By that, they have children that support either of the teams whenever they play each other.
“The last time the teams played, members of the same family wore different jerseys or t-shirts of either of the teams.
“This tends to also create some fun out of the game. I believe most of the children will support the Super Eagles, because we play better than Bafana Bafana,?? Anyene said.
Dr Oloalu Oni, a Nigerian medical doctor based in Pretoria said “it is difficult to say which of the teams will win.
“Of cause, one would wish that Nigeria wins for obvious reasons that they are the African champions.
“But my prediction is a draw. It is going to end either in a 0-0 or 1-1, but if our boys want to win, I am sure they can win because they have what it takes to win.
Mike Enebechi, Chairperson NUSA, KwaZulu-Natal said the national team would be treated to rousing reception on arrival in Durban.
“We are moblising our people not only to come to the stadium to cheer our team, but also to the airport to give the African champion a rousing reception.
“There will be local Zulu dancers that will be at the airport to welcome them to the land of the Zulus. It is a friendly match and we want them to have the feel of the community hosting them.
“The match is to celebrate the life of Mandela `Madiba.?  So, it is more of celebration for us in Durban than the rivalry between the two countries.
“We have also invited Nigerian artists as well as some local artists to entertain the Eagles after the match. This is aimed at making them to feel the impact of the Nigerian community in Durban.
“I want to assure you that the whole of Moses Mahbida Stadium will be turned into green and white green??, he said

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