Lagos - Super Eagles will play a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna, despite security fears expressed by team
captain Vincent Enyeama ahead of their 2-0 victory over Chad on June 13.
The game against Egypt is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23,
Officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also
confirmed that work will be undertaken on the pitch of the stadium, as well as
a couple of other areas that need to be improved before the clash with the
seven –time Africa Cup of Nations winners.
Nigeria and Egypt share top spot on the Group G table, with
the Pharaohs ahead on one goal advantage, following their 3-0 whiplash of
Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in Cairo in penultimate weekend’s opening matches. A day
before, the Super Eagles had beaten Chad 2-0 also in Kaduna.
The Eagles’ next match in the series is away to Tanzania in
the first week of September, before the double-dose-on-the-trot with the
Pharaohs, who have missed all three past Africa Cup of Nations finals,
including the 2013 finals that Nigeria won in South Africa.
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NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, explained on
Wednesday that the Federation will henceforth decide international match venues
well in advance in order to afford host cities enough time to work on the
facilities to be used for such matches.
In line with the new policy, the NFF has also announced that
the first leg of the 2016 Olympics qualifying match between the Super Falcons
and the Senior Women National Team of Equatorial Guinea coming up on Saturday,
July 18 will be played in Port Harcourt.
Following the withdrawal of Mali in the second round, the
Falcons now have two rounds of qualifying fixtures to prosecute before
qualification for the Women’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Nigerian girls have played at three previous
Olympics – 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Also, the African U-23 Championship final round, first leg
match between the Nigeria U-23 team and the Congo U-23 side will be played in
Port Harcourt, a day after the Falcons/Equatorial Guinea clash.
The winner of the fixture qualifies for the African U-23
Championship coming up in Senegal in December, where the best three of the
eight participating teams will be eligible to represent Africa at the Men’s
Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics. The fourth –placed team in Senegal
will play-off against a team from Asia.For
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