The U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Guinea, which will be played on March 22 in Abuja instead of Ibadan, has been shifted there by the Nigerian Football Federation.
Originally, the game was slated to take place at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Adamasingba, Ibadan, with the reverse leg taking place in Guinea on March 27.
The Olympic Eagles, who defeated Tanzania 2-0 in the second leg of their last round of qualifying, were due to return to Ibadan from Abuja, where they are presently camped, to complete their preparations for the encounter against Guinea.
Sunday Dare, the minister of youth and sports, designated the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan as the base for the under-23 team’s efforts to earn a spot in the 2024 Olympics.
The game will now be played in Abuja, according to a statement issued by the NFF’s Director of Media and Communications on Thursday, two days before the Super Eagles visit Guinea Bissau in a 2023 AFCON qualifying match at the same location.
In the penultimate round of qualifying for this year’s Africa U23 Cup of Nations, Nigeria’s U23 team, the Olympic Eagles, will now meet their Guinean opponents in Abuja at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium on March 22.
Salisu Yusuf, the team’s head coach, called up 30 players who are now undergoing training in Abuja.
The Africa U-23 Cup of Nations final, which will be held in Morocco in June, will feature the winner of the two-leg match between Nigeria and Guinea.