The Nigeria Football Federation have revealed the venue for 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Sierra Leone which holds next month and it’d be played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria lock horns with the Leone Stars in the Matchday 3 and 4 of the Group L 2022 AFCON qualifiers.
It’s a double header with the first encounter billed for 13 November in Nigeria and four days later they face off in Free Town.
Thisday reported that the Nigeria Football Federation and the Super Eagles technical crew have decided to make use of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium which has a 19,500 capacity after so many speculations.
The stadia got a face-lift in 2020 after it fell into disrepair for years due to it’s lack of proper maintenance.
The Ogbe Stadium is the only Nigerian stadium to have the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology.
“The NFF officials have confirmed to us that Super Eagles are going to play their AFCON 2022 qualifier against Sierra Leone at our Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium here in Benin City,” Thisday quotes an unnamed source as saying.
“We are really excited by the news, most especially as it will be the very first sporting event to take place at the stadium since it was refurbished to host the 20th National Sports Festival in March but had to be postponed because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus worldwide.”
Nigeria lead Group L and are well placed to qualify for the continental showpiece having won their first two qualifiers against the Benin Republic in Uyo and in Maseru of Lèsóthò.
All things being equal, Nigeria could book her spot at the mundial as early as next month giving they win the double header.