– NFF officials will inspect the Ahmadu Bello Stadium ahead of AFCON qualifier
– Most of the facilities should be put in place before March 23 encounter
– Coach Oliseh prefers to play the game in Port Harcourt
Ahead of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) showdown between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will this week inspect facilities and equipment at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, and venue for the cracker.
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In a statement posted on the federation’s website thenff.com on Monday February 8, the general secretary of the NFF Mohammed Sanusi disclosed that inspection visit will take place on Thursday, and that facilities to be inspected include the playing pitch of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, dressing rooms, proposed training pitches, scoreboard, sanitary facilities, spectator stands and media facilities.
He alongside the director of facilities at the National Sports Commission, Engineer Shehu Ibrahim will conduct the inspection.
“We will inspect the facilities alongside officials of the Kaduna state government and the Kaduna state Sports Ministry and Football Association.
“There is the need to put everything in top shape ahead of this big match. The NFF will interface with the Kaduna state government on the areas that need to be improved upon. We will also jointly put in place a flawless medical and security plan for the match,” he said.
The Eagles will square-up against the Pharaohs of Egypt at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday March 23, with the return leg in Cairo five days later.
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Meanwhile, coach Sunday Oliseh has outrightly rejected the Ahmadu Bello Stadium venue for the crucial 2017 African Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier against Egypt.
In an e-mail to the NFF, the former Super Eagles captain insisted that he preferred the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, which has played host to the National team since he was appointed as coach.
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