Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation has turned deaf hears to the reservations of Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Egypt in Kaduna.
Oliseh had complained that Kaduna does not have an international airport for the players to fly direct from their clubs abroad to train in time for the crucial game that will be played on Wednesday, March 23, barely three days after league fixtures.
To confirm the federation’s insistence on Kaduna, a team from the NFF will this week inspect facilities and equipment at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
In a statement made available to News24 on Monday, NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said the inspection visit will take place on Thursday, and that facilities to be inspected include the playing pitch of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, dressing rooms, proposed training pitches, scoreboard, sanitary facilities, spectator stands and media facilities.
Sanusi will conduct the inspection alongside the Director of Facilities at the National Sports Commission, Engineer Shehu Ibrahim.
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“We will inspect the facilities alongside officials of the
Kaduna State Government and the Kaduna State Sports Ministry and Football
Association. There is the need to put everything in top shape ahead of this big
“The NFF will interface with the Kaduna State Government on
the areas that need to be improved upon. We will also jointly put in place a
flawless medical and security plan for the match.”
The Super Eagles take on the Pharaohs at the Ahmadu Bello
Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday, 23rd March in one of the Day 3 matches of the
Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification series. The return leg will be
played in Egypt five days later.Nigeria is currently second on the Group G table
with four points from two matches, having beaten Chad 2-0 also in Kaduna in
June 2015 and drawn 0-0 with Tanzania in Dar es Salaam in September 2015. Egypt
remain top of the log with maximum six points, from beating Tanzania in Egypt
and Chad away in N’Djamena.
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