2 Tanzania U20 players suspended
Flying Eagles coach Obuh
Ugandan match commissioner Charles Masembe confirmed the suspension of the two players during the pre-match meeting held Friday night in Dar es Salam.
Khamis features for Mtibwa Sugar, while Salum is from Azam.
The Tanzanians, who will be led by Yanga player Seme Omega, will wear their traditional deep blue with green trimmings shirt over black shorts.
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will be on green-white strips.
The match will kick off 4pm local time, which is 2pm Nigerian time, at the 60,000-capacity National Stadium in Dar es Salam with Kenyan match officials in charge.
The Flying Eagles trained Friday afternoon inside the Chinese built arena, but will have to train on Saturday afternoon at another facility across at the university because the National Stadium will host the final of the Paul Kagame Cup organised by Cecafa between local clubs Yanga and Azam.
The pitch has been overworked during the sub-regional tournament but it is not in such a bad state, while weather is fair and good to play football.
In the meantime, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has sent a goodwill message to the country’s U20 team, urging them to make the country proud on Sunday in Tanzania.
In a message conveyed to the team by NFF technical committee chairman, Chris Green, Keshi said the Flying Eagles should not panic or play under any pressure, but instead go out there to enjoy themselves and win this 2013 African Youth Championship qualifier.
“We are behind you and are praying for your success. We are confident you will come out victorious in this match,” Keshi said.
“You should therefore not panic, but instead play your normal game and win for our country.”
Flying Eagles coach John Obuh thanked Keshi for his kind words of encouragement and promised that his team will deliver.
“We are very mindful of what we need to do on Sunday and so we will not disappoint Nigeria,” Obuh assured.
Tanzania will host Nigeria in a first leg 2013 African Youth Championship qualifying match on Sunday with the return leg match in Ilorin a fortnight later.
The overall winners of this encounter will take on the winners of the game between South Africa and Congo for a place in next year’s AYC to be staged by Algeria from March.