AFCON 2017: Nigeria’s date with Egypt shifted forward

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The match between Nigeria and Egypt has been shifted forward by three days after the teams received approval from CAF that the crucial African Nations Championship (AFCON) qualifier be moved.

The match, originally scheduled for March 23 in Kaduna, will now be played on March 26.

According to the media officer for the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, the shift in date will provide opportunity for the Super Eagles to train more for the clash.

“It will give us room to prepare well for the match. With the new date, Oliseh and his boys would have close to one week of camping and this would not have been the case if we were to play on the 23rd (March), which is in the middle of the week,” Olajire said.

Egypt are top of the qualifying group for Gabon 2017 with six points from two matches.

Nigeria are in second place with four points, Tanzania are third with just a point, while Chad are bottom without any points.

Only winners of each group will advance to the biennial championship in Gabon in January 2017.

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