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2026 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria hit Kigali on Saturday morning ahead of Zimbabwe clash



Ajayi Expresses Delight Over Eagles Debut and Aspires for More Game Time

By Wale Mustapha

The delegation of Nigeria national men’s football team for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe are expected to touchdown in Kigali, Rwanda in the early hours of Saturday in readiness for the match on Sunday.

Zimbabwe adopted the Huye Stadium in Kigali as CAF did not approved their stadium in Harare.

According to flight arrangements, the delegation will depart the Victor Obong Attah Airport, Uyo aboard the ValueJet Airline in the early hours of Saturday and arrive Kigali by 7am on Saturday from where they will make a two hour road trip to Butare where the match will take place.

Coach Jose Peseiro and his charges have made a renewed commitment to face the remaining nine matches of the qualification series with much stronger mentality, with victory in each match the only option.

With Rwanda on the high-altitude plane, it was decided that the Eagles fly into the country, have their official training session, and play the match before the unfamiliar climate began to take its toll.

Zimbabwe’s Warriors, who clashed with Rwanda’s Amavubi in their Day 1 fixture – which ended scoreless – have been training on the artificial turf of the Huye Stadium since arriving in Rwanda at the weekend, and faced the home team on the same turf.

The Eagles and the Warriors will clash at the Huye Stadium from 3pm Rwanda time (1 pm Nigeria). Victory on Sunday will take the Super Eagles to four points with the campaign one-fifth of the way gone.

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