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Officials to inspect Ahmadu Bello Stadium for Nigeria, Egypt AFCON qualifier


AFCON 2017

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it will undertake a tour of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna to inspect the facility for the Super Eagles qualifier for the 2017 African Nations Cup (AFCON).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Eagles will take on the Pharaohs of Egypt in the first leg of the qualifiers for Gabon 2017 AFCON on March 23.

The return leg of the encounter will be played in Egypt five days later.

Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Communications, told NAN on Tuesday on telephone that NFF is doing everything possible to ensure a hitch-free match against the Egyptians.

“We at NFF and the Director of Sports Facilities, National Sport Commission, in conjunction with the Kaduna State Government will tour the stadium on Thursday to assess the facility.

“We will sit down to assess the area and where they need to put in proper shape and the government will work towards improving on it.

“The list of the players will soon be released by the head coach in readiness for the match,’’ he told NAN on telephone.

Olajire, however, said that the football house would not comment on Oliseh’s outburst after the dismal outing at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda, noting that the coach was on leave.

Nigeria is in second place behind Group G leaders, Egypt with four points from two previous matches, including a home win against Chad at the same Ahmadu Bello Stadium.

The Eagles had drawn 0-0 with Tanzania, while Egypt have six points.

NAN reports that the choice of Kaduna as the home ground for the Eagles had in the past generated controversies, especially from the former Eagles Skipper, Vincent Enyeama.

The coach of the Eagles, Sunday Oliseh also expressed the same reservation about the choice of Kaduna Stadium as other people, citing mainly security issues.

But in spite of the criticisms about the choice of Kaduna, the NFF insists on the stadium as the preferred ground for the home matches of Eagles against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

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