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Asaba to host 2021 AFCON qualifier

The Nigeria Football Federation has announced that the next 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone, will be hosted at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba with 15,400 space capacity.

The Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Ademola Olajire, announced this in a statement, quoting Dr Mohammed Sanusi, the Nigeria Football Federation General Secretary,

“We have finally settled for the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba for the qualifying match played on March 27, 2020”, Sanusi said.

The venue was named after former Nigerian captain and Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (of blessed memory), has hosted several international matches involving the Super Eagles and the Nigeria U-23 squad.

Uganda was the first opposition entertained at the venue by the Super Eagles in a friendly match days after Nigeria sealed a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations ticket in South Africa in November 2018.

With the Nigeria Football Federation having picked March 27 for the first match, the Sierra Leone Football Association is now most likely to opt for Tuesday, 31st March for the return leg scheduled for the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.

Victory in next month’s Match-day 3 fixture against the Leone Stars will take the Super Eagles closer to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals, as they currently perch at the top of their pool with the maximum six points from their first two matches and a goals difference of plus three.

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