by BRENT LATHAM
October 31, 2009
The Americans have moved south from Kano to Ijebu-Ode for their final game of the group against the United Emirates, a feat more complicated than it sounds. Both teams had to endure a two hour plane flight, followed by a two hour busride to get to the southern city, a trip which, in predictable Nigerian fashion, will have eaten up most of the day Friday.
No one here has any explanations for why that game was scheduled in the venue to the far south, which requires flying to Lagos and then busing back northeast. Nearby venues in Kaduna, Bauchi, and Abuja were available, but the teams were sent to the south. If either had won the group, they would then have had to return to Kano, but that looks outside the realm of possibilities with Spain needing only a tie against Malawi.