The
Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna will host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifying match between the Super Eagles and the Pharaohs of Egypt, scheduled
for Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Officials
have 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. The match comes up in
exactly 40 weeks.
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.
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.

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