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Kaduna Stadium to host AFCON Qualifier

We have informed CAF that the venue of the match with Libya will be Kaduna and we are not going back on that. Whatever flaws observed during the inspection of the stadium will be put in place before the end of the month

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The Kaduna stadium has been selected as the home ground to host the game between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Libyans. The Ahmadu Bello Stadium was inspected by Gernot Rohr and members of the Nigerian Football Federation last month ahead of this fixture.

The game against Libya is a must-win game for the Super Eagles as they lie third in group E of the qualification series. Although the Super Eagles beat Seychelles last time out to get their three points, they lost to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa last year. The South Africans and Libya played a draw last time out so that they are top of Group E with 4 points each. Seychelles lie bottom of the group with no points.

The match between Nigeria and Libya would hold at the Kaduna Stadium on the 15th of October. The Super Eagles would hope that the Kaduna spectators can cheer them to victory. The team played most of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo. The Kaduna stadium would undergo some renovations to make sure that all things are set for the AFCON qualifier.

A source from the NFF said that “I want to inform you that there is no issue about the venue for our match against Libya because we have decided to play at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna. Coach Rohr is satisfied with the facilities he inspected and he did not reject it as reported.”

“We have informed CAF that the venue of the match with Libya will be Kaduna and we are not going back on that. Whatever flaws observed during the inspection of the stadium will be put in place before the end of the month,” he continued.

The Super Eagles would play Libya in Algeria for the second leg of the all-important tie also in October. The Super Eagles would be hoping to build on their 2018 World Cup performance by ensuring qualification for AFCON 2019 which would hold in Cameroon next summer.