Cross River State Government has urged soccer fans to show up in large numbers to cheer the Super Eagles when they take on the Harambee Stars of Kenya in their World Cup qualifying match at the U. J. Esuene Stadium on March 23.
The state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Patrick, made the appeal on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. Ugbe said a large crowd would be important for the match because the Eagles would also showcase the Africa Cup of Nations that they brought back from South Africa in February.
“We want the supporters, Eagles fans and residents of Calabar to prepare to come out to support the team, the African Champions,” he said. “They should not forget that the team is also bringing the trophy they won at the last Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa to Calabar.” “The trophy will be displayed at the stadium on match day, so they should come out en masse to be a part of the AFCON experience by witnessing the trophy in Calabar.”
He said that the government was doing everything within its powers to ensure a successful hosting of the World Cup qualifier.
“We are preparing; we are doing the normal thing to ensure that the stadium is ready for the team. At the last friendly between the Golden Eaglets and the Diamond Zebras of Botswana, we used the U. J. Esuene Stadium to test run the facilities. “We think we are ready to host the Super Eagles versus Harambee Stars match on March 23,” Ugbe said.