Two late changes as Norwich City Legends confirm squad for Inter Forever exhibition
Norwich City Legends have finalised their squad for Sunday’s match against Inter Forever with the addition of two further members of City’s 1993-94 Uefa Cup squad.
Ade Akinbiyi and Lee Power will reunite with then-manager Mike Walker, and a host of former team-mates, for the charity fund-raiser (2pm kick-off) in aid of the Community Sports Foundation.
Chris Sutton and Lee Croft have had to pull out though, Sutton due to Scottish TV broadcasting commitments and Croft due to a hamstring injury picked up during a charity match in Wigan last weekend.
The exhibition will raise funds for CSF’s new community hub, The Nest, a £10.9m project which is being constructed on the old Anglian Windows Sports & Social Club near Norwich Airport.
Efan Ekoku will also be a non-playing member of the team due to a long-standing injury. The striker famously scored the first goal in European competition for the Canaries with his strike during the 3-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem in the first round of the Uefa Cup.
The striker continued his scoring form that season, scoring 12 goals in 27 games, including a memorable four goals in 25 minutes against Everton at Goodison Park – before being sold to Wimbledon the following season.
A trainee with the club, fellow Nigerian international Akinbiyi made his professional debut as a substitute in the second leg of City’s victorious tie against Bayern Munich, going on to make a further 50 appearances before being sold to Gillingham in 1997.
Power, also a graduate of City’s youth system, became the youngest City player to score twice in a top-flight match with his brace against QPR in 1990. He featured in both games against Inter as a second-half substitute.
They join a host of legends including Bryan Gunn and Darren Eadie to face Inter, marking the approaching 25-year anniversary of the Uefa Cup run, who will have Jurgen Klinsmann and Javier Zanetti.
• Tickets are £9.93 for adults and £1.93 for U18s and are available at tickets.canaries.co.uk, by phone on 0844 826 1902 or from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall or Chapelfield.
• For more about the Build The Nest campaign see thenest.org.uk
• If you would like to support CSF, donations can be made at communitysportsfoundation.org.uk