BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Match tickets for the high profile England versus Nigeria friendly match are already on sale with the lowest ticket going for the sum of £35 (N17, 615) Other tickets for the third ever international duel of both teams go for £70 (N35, 230), £55 (N27, 680) and £45 (N22, 648) in a match in which the recuperating Nigerian international goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme may take a ceremonial kick-off.
According to a media statement from the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF), lower denomination tickets of £10 (N5, 033) will be made available for students, persons under the age of 16 and senior citizens.
The tickets, according to the NFF, are subject to availability and subject to the terms and conditions of The Football Association.
Organizers told thenff.com on Tuesday that no tickets would be sold on match day at the Wembley Stadium, while urging Nigerian fans to buy the ‘Away Tickets’ as Nigeria will benefit from sales of ‘Away Tickets’. The tickets are available on www.thefa.com/nigeriatickets.
Besides the unofficial duel of May 24, 1958 between the Nigerian national team and England amateur side played at the waterfront Onikan Stadium, both Nigeria and England will be meeting officially for the third time.
The 1958 encounter was a reciprocal duel of the UK Tourists of 1949. The England amateur side on goodwill tour of West Africa won the match 5-0.
The first official encounter of Nigeria and England was at the old Wembley Stadium on November 16, which, probably unintended, marked the 90th birthday of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, a keen sportsman and Nigeria’s first president.
Later, both Nigeria and England met at Osaka, Japan during the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The encounter ended goalless