AFCON 2019: Super Eagles to face Libya under floodlights

AFCON 2019: Super Eagles to face Libya under floodlights

Nigeria’s senior men national team, the Super Eagles will host Libya in their all-important 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next month under floodlights at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, reports

The Super Eagles bounced back to qualification reckoning after a 3-0 win over Seychelles earlier this month and will face group leaders Libya in a double-header fixture in the middle of October. After so much secrecy about the venue and time of the fixtures, we can report that the first game will be staged in Kaduna.

According to information obtained from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the match has been fixed for Friday, October 12 at the stadium which last hosted a Super Eagles game in the first quarter of 2016 – an AFCON qualifiying stalemate with Egypt.

Being a Friday and perhaps due to the severe weather condition in the Northern city of Kaduna, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have scheduled the must-win game for 5:30pm Nigerian time with fans already done with the Jumat service.

CAF, Africa’s football governing body are yet to name match officials for the game which will be the second time both countries will be meeting this year after the home based Super Eagles defeated Libya 1-0 at the African Nations’ Championships in January.

While Nigeria host Libya in Kaduna on October 12, we can also report that the second instalment of the double header will hold on Monday, October 15 in a yet-to-be-named stadium in Tunisia. The Libyan Football Federation have reportedly settled for the choice of Tunisia as against manager Adel Amrouche’s preference of Algeria.

Libya lead the way in Group E of the AFCON qualifying series with four points from their opening two games, same as South Africa while Nigeria are third with three points from the same number of matches.

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