NFF still searching for venue for Libya game
The Seychelles Football Federation (SFF) has confirmed that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Pirates will hold on September 8, as against the widely circulated date of September 7. The announcement is coming just hours after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ordered its technical committee to choose a suitable venue for the Super Eagles’ third match in the series against Libya on October 10.
Yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer/General Secretary of the Seychelles Football Federation, Georges Bibi, in a mail to NFF’s Director of Competitions, Ayobola Oyeyode, also disclosed that the match will be played at the Stade Linite on the Mahe island (home to the capital city, Victoria), starting from 4.30pm Seychelles time (1.30 p.m. Nigerian time).
Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands on the western Indian Ocean, off East Africa, and is home to about 100,000 people.
Next week’s clash is crucial to both the Eagles and the Pirates, who lost their opening games in the series. The Eagles lost 0-2 to South Africa in Uyo on June 10, 2017. A day earlier, the Pirates were poleaxed 5-1 by Libya’s Mediterranean Knights at the Stade Chedly Zouiten in Tunisia’s capital.
Libya’s Knights currently top Group E, followed by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, with the Eagles in third place and the Pirates bottom.
Earlier on Monday night, the NFF at a meeting in its Abuja secretariat decided that “for ease of logistics and in consideration of convenience… the players, as well as team officials not based in Nigeria, will fly direct into Seychelles from their bases in Europe, while the one player from Nigeria and Nigeria–based match officials will fly from Nigeria aboard commercial aircraft.”
The board also directed the technical and development committee and the strategy committee to find a definite venue for Nigeria’s third match against Libya, scheduled for October 10, 2018.
The NFF recently inspected the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, which is a possible venue for the clash, just as some members of the board see the Stephen Keshi Stadium as more appropriate for the encounter due to the capacity and quality of its facilities.