Haiti and Nigeria, participating for the first time in the 3-year-old National Bank of Washington Embassy Cup soccer tournament, will meet in the final today at 10 on the JFK Memorial soccer fields on the Mall.
Haiti, 4-0 in the month-long, 30-team tournament, reached the final when it came from behind to defeat defending champion Britain, 3-1, last Saturday. Nigeria, also 4-0, reached the championship with a 3-2 victory over Bolivia.
Rudy Jean-Baptiste, a graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School who will attend UNC-Wilmington, and Gerald Jean-Pierre, the center-forward who scored two goals and assisted on a third against Britain, lead the Haitian team offensively. Defensively, Garcia Andre is the team's stopper and Jean-Jacques Alexis is its sweeper back.
The Nigerian team is led by its right fullback Osa Osunde, who had at least one goal in the team's first three victories. Sonny Izerbigie, a halfback and the captain, and Sylvanus Oriaikhi, a center forward, also provide offense for the Nigerian team, which has outscored its opponents, 13-3.
The Haitian team, composed of Embassy employes, their families and Haitian nationals, has defeated Finland, 6-2, the Pan-American Health Organization, 7-0, and the International Monetary Fund, 5-2. Nigeria also beat Chile, 3-0, Uruguay, 5-0, and Brazil, 2-1.