The final round of matches in the qualifying series of the 2019 Under 23 Africa Cup of Nations (U23AFCON) has been postponed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) reports www.aclsports.com
Nigeria’s Under 23 side were billed to face Sudan in a two-legged encounter in early June to determine which country qualifies for the competition which serves as Africa’s Olympics qualifiers but it was learnt on Monday that it has been postponed to September.
According to official sources from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the game earlier fixed for June 5 and 9 will now hold on September 2 and 10 later in the year.
Nigeria, coached by Imama Amapakabo defeated Libya 4-2 on aggregate in March to set up a final qualifying round clash with Sudan who eliminated Kenya in their own fixture.
Sudan will host the first leg of this fixture in Khartoum on September 2 before facing Nigeria the following weekend in a yet-to-be-decided venue. Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State is the front runner among the bidding cities.
It is believed that putting off of the fixtures will allow players under the age of 23 ample time to join up with their senior squads ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next month.