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Ahmadu Bello Stadium may host Eagles’ AFCON qualifiers

"We have now had a look around the arena and we will now make recommendations about its suitability to host the Eagles' matches. The renovation of the Ahmadu Bello stadium will commence with immediate effect to put the stadium in order."

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Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna

Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna is one of the three stadiums being considered to be the new home ground for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. The Super Eagles would resume the qualifiers for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup. They lost the first fixture by two goals to South Africa last year.

The head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has been inspecting the stadiums being considered. The German manager was at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna yesterday to inspect the facilities. He was accompanied by Shehu Dikko, the chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), and Dayo Achor, the team administrator of the Super Eagles. After the inspection of the stadium, it was decided that some renovations need to be made so that the stadium would meet the expectations of CAF and the Super Eagles.

In March 2016, the Ahmadu Bello stadium was the venue where the Super Eagles took on Egypt in a 2017 AFCON qualifier. After that game, Nigeria was fined because of the overcrowding at the stadium. The other stadia to be inspected and considered as new home grounds are; Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba and the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.

Gernot Rohr explained that he would travel to the other stadia and inspect them as well before the NFF makes a decision. Shehu Dikko, who is also the second vice president of the NFF told news reporters that “We have now had a look around the arena and we will now make recommendations about its suitability to host the Eagles’ matches. The renovation of the Ahmadu Bello stadium will commence with immediate effect to put the stadium in order.”

The Super Eagles of Nigeria would play their next home game in October 2018 against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya who are group leaders. Before then, the Eagles travel to Seychelles on September 7 for the second round of fixtures in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.