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Olorunfemi Victor

The Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, has approved the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja to host the return leg of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifier playoff match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and their West African rival, the Black Star of Ghana in March.

The latest development will see Eagles return to the nation’s capital for a match in years following the completion of the renovation in the stadium courtesy of a private-public partnership initiated by sports minister Sunday Dare.

In the letter addressed to the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF reads “Reference to participation of the national team of Nigeria in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifier playoff rounds which will take place from March 21 to March 29, following the stadium assessment and inspection process conducted by CAF, kindly find below the decision on the venue( Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja) selected by your association has been approved.”

The NFF opted for the MKO national stadium following ongoing upgrading works at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos which has mostly served as the national team’s home ground and the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo has previously hosted the Eagles home games was also ruled out as a result of the pitch suffering from overuse.

The Super Eagles will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing AFCON 2021 outing in Cameroon after they were knocked out in the round of 16 by The Cartilage Eagles of Tunisia.

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