The Super Eagles of Nigeria will on Monday night fly to Bouake, ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, 2023 Semi-final clash with South Africa slated for Wednesday.
Credible news reports that all 25 players and officials will leave Abidjan, for the first time since their opening match for Bouake aboard a chartered flight.
The team media officer, Babafemi Raji told the Newsmen that the team will depart by 8.30pm on Monday.
“I can confirm to you that the boys are in high spirit and we are set to leave for Bouake by 8.30pm today ahead of the semi-final clash with South Africa on Wednesday”, he said.
The team played all its group matches, Round of 16 and quarter -final matches in Abidjan and this is the first time they will be leaving their “adopted home”.
In continuation of preparation for the epic clash, the team on Sunday trained at their usual L’École nationale supérieure de la Police, ENSP, playing turf, Abidjan.
Raji also disclosed that Jose Peseiro, the team’s gaffer in company of a player will have the official pre-match news conference on Tuesday by 11am in Bouake.
The team will subsequently have their first training session behind closed doors later in the day.
It will be recalled that when Cote d’Ivoire hosted their only previous AFCON in 1984, Nigeria also played their semi-final match in the city of Bouake against Egypt, winning 8-7 on penalties, after a pulsating 2-2 draw.
Credible news also reports that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will on Wednesday lock horns with perennial rivals Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Stade de la Paix, Bouake.
The match will be a repeat of the 2000 AFCON semi-finals in Lagos, which saw Nigeria defeat South Africa 2-0.
Also in the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, Nigeria again showed superiority by eliminating the Bafana Bafana 2-1 in the quarter -final stage.