Nigeria to host Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Match in September

The Nigeria Football Federation NFF has announced that Nigeria will host the 2017 Africa cup of Nations cup qualifying match between Cote D’ Voire and Sierra Leone in September.

The game is a Matchday 2 clash in Group I of the qualification series, and will hold at either at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos or the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Sunday, September 6.

Revealing this, NFF President Amaju Pinnick said on receiving the request from the Sierra Leone Football Association, the NFF approached the Federal Ministry of Health for a go-ahead, allaying fears of the health implications.

It will be recalled that the Ebola virus pandemic that ravaged parts of West Africa last year informed the Confederation of African Football decision to compelled Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to find alternative venues for home matches.

Meanwhile, the Sierra Leoneans are coming with a 32 man delegation made up of players, technical crew and officials of their federation, led by its president, Isha Johansen.


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