Tanzania Train Under Heavy Rain For Nigeria Clash

By Kayode Ogundare in Uyo:

The Taifa Stars of Tanzania had their first feel of the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo pitch around 4:45 pm Friday evening but the training session was nearly aborted due to the heavy downpour in the Akwa Ibom State capital, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. 

They face the Super Eagles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday from 5pm.

Weather conditions had been sunny and clear all through the day until about 2:30pm when the sky suddenly became cloudy. 

Despite this, the Taifa Stars left their Le Meridien Hotel base and headed for the stadium before the heavens opened up on the way. 

The team arrived at the imposing stadium and took to the pitch immediately, a move which seasoned CAF Commissioner Paul Bassey said was against FIFA rules. 

"FIFA regulations state that the away team should train on the pitch at exactly the time the match is going to be played with the exact same situations. We have provided them with such an environment but they're not supposed to enter the pitch at 5.pm which is the time for the match. However, we can waive that for them," Bassey told Completesportsnigeria.com. 

The team proceeded to do light workouts under the eyes of a handful of spectators in the stands.  

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