It will be a total showdown today at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja as fans are prepared to support the Super Eagles in their bid to clinch the Qatar 2022 World Cup ticket against the Black Stars of Ghana.
It will be recalled that the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) over the weekend approved the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) request to open the MKO Abiola stadium completely against the initial 30,000 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
With fans scrambling to get the tickets, the Sports Ministry and the NFF have purchased 20,000 tickets in a bid to get the stadium filled up to capacity.
Speaking with a cross-section of Nigerians who are itching to get the tickets at the time of writing this report said they are ready to storm the 60,000 sitting capacity stadium and cheer the three-time African champions to victory.
Ikenna Oguike, a fresh secondary school graduate said he has never seen the national team play and is eager to watch the first game live at the stadium.
“I have only seen the Super Eagles play on TV and I understand they have never played in Abuja before. Since I live in Abuja, there is no reason why I should not be in the stadium. I am trying to get tickets for myself and my friends,” he said.
Offiong Ita, a media practitioner said he was looking for how to get tickets for himself and 10 of his friends and family members.
“I need tickets for myself and ten of my friends and family members. We all want to watch the game tomorrow (today) and see that the Super Eagles win the game and go to Qatar,” he said.
Tony Fakunle, a Lagos based computer scientist said he wished he was in Abuja at the moment and has said he would not mind if he could make the game today.
“Work took me to Lagos and I want to watch the team play once again. Seen them a couple of times in Lagos but this particular game is so important and we need to show the Ghanaians that we are ready for them. They weren’t nice to us in Kumasi but we will repay them back by getting the ticket,” he said.
The game is a must-win for the Super Eagles as they bid to be among the five African teams that will feature at the 22nd FIFA World Cup from 21 November to 18 December 2022 to be hosted by Qatar.