The first leg of a 2017 AFCON qualifier between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Pharaohs of...
The first leg of a 2017 AFCON qualifier between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Pharaohs of Egypt will now be played on Friday, March 25, at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced.
Last week, the NFF announced they have moved the home game from March 23 to 26 to allow for more training time.
This decision followed a mail sent to the NFF by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday that Nigeria should endeavour to make room for “a minimum of two full days of rest between the two matches.”
Although CAF had given Nigeria the latitude to pick any day between 23rd – 26th March for the Day 3 clash, and handed Egypt the option of picking any day from 26th – 29th for the Day 4 encounter, the continental body appealed to the NFF to pick a new date that would ensure two full days of rest ahead of the second match.
NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi said on Thursday: “We have now moved the match forward by 24 hours, so we will play on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 will serve as the day for the two teams to travel, while March 27 and 28 will be rest days before the return leg on Tuesday, March 29.