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The Golden Eaglets will still play the Junior Menas today in Calabar in the return leg tie of the U-17 qualifier despite the visitors arriving the country in the early hours

The second leg of the African U-17 qualifier between Nigeria and their Niger will still take place on Saturday, an official of the country's representatives has disclosed.

The tie which was initially troubled by flight hitches owing to the decision of a popular airline to suspend its domestic flight transactions over massive protest was confirmed would still go ahead Saturday afternoon by Golden Eaglets' media officer.

Morakinyo Abodunrin told that the Nigeriens insisted the game must go on this afternoon despite arriving Nigeria in the wee hours of the morning.

He noted that the Nigerien officials do not want to alter their travel arrangements for their return to Niamey fixed for Sunday hence the decision to continue with the tie.

"The match will still go ahead on Saturday and in fact [on Friday] we both agreed it should be postponed to Sunday for their convenience but in the early hours of [Saturday] they told us they would like to play it on Saturday for them to leave for Niger as earlier planned on Sunday,” Abodunrin said.

"I assumed they believe they don't really have much at stake having lost the first leg 4-1 at home so they see it as needless wasting their precious time when in actual fact they have only come to honour the tie as a sign of showing good sportsmanship," Abodunrin concluded.