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EAGLES OFF TO CONAKRY BY CHARTER FLIGHT

By NBF News

The Super Eagles are expected to fly to Conakry this morning in a charter aircraft to keep a date with the Syli Nationale of Guinea in the second round of the qualifying series for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Acting Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Barr. Musa Ahmadu, confirmed that the team jetted out of the country from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja aboard Arik Airlines with some officials of the Sports Ministry and the NFA as well as some sports journalists.

Confusion had trailed the Guinea/Nigeria fixture. The encounter was earlier threatened by postponement due to planned general elections in Guinea previously scheduled for this weekend. The elections were later shifted only for the World football governing body, FIFA, to slam Nigeria with a ban from international football competitions for alleged government interference in football matters.

The latter development meant that Super Eagles were automatically ruled out from the Nations Cup qualifiers but reprieve came yesterday when FIFA temporarily suspended the ban on Nigeria following the appeal by the nation's football authorities to put the football house in order by October 25 when the court case instituted by a group in protest against the recent elections into the board of the NFA s expected to be withdrawn.