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S/Leone vs Ivory Coast game moved to Port Harcourt

01 September 2015, 17:06Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between African champions Ivory Coast and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone will now take place at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced.

According to the NFF, by Monday, arrangements for the match to hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos has reached top stage, but then received a letter from the Sierra Leone Football Association conveying concerns raised by the Fédération Ivorienne de Football (FIF) about playing on artificial turf. This has necessitated a change to Port Harcourt.

Also read: Nigeria to host CIV, Sierra Leone AFCON qualifier clash

“We received a letter from the SLFA saying they are aware of serious concerns by the Ivorien Football Federation about their players playing on artificial turf, which is the texture of the Teslim Balogun Stadium” NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi said.

“The NFF had concluded arrangements to have the match in Lagos, but as a result of the letter, we had to look elsewhere. We appreciate the Lagos State Government for showing interest in hosting the match.”

It will be a disappointment for Lagos fans who have been looking forward to first grade competitive football action in the city.

The NFF and the Nigeria sport ministry may now revive the multi billion naira dilapidated National stadium facility in Lagos that is begging for attention for over a decade.  

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