For the umpteenth time, the date for the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Day 3 qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Pharaohs of Egypt billed to take place at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, has been altered.
The latest press statement issued by the NFF on Thursday indicates that the game will now take place on Friday, March 25.
Originally fixed for March 26, the crunch clash was brought forward to March 23 before the new Friday date was now settled.
The NFF explained that its latest decision came on the heels of the mail it received from the Confederation of African Football on Wednesday that Nigeria should endeavour to make room for “a minimum of two full days of rest between the two matches”.
The NFF said although CAF had given Nigeria the latitude to pick any day between 23rd – 26th March for the Day 3 clash, and handed Egypt the option of picking any day from 26th – 29th for the Day 4 encounter, the continental body appealed to the NFF to pick a new date that would ensure two full days of rest ahead of the second match.
NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi said on Thursday: “We have now moved the match forward by 24 hours, so we will play on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 will serve as the day for the two teams to travel, while March 27 and 28 will be rest days before the return leg on Tuesday, March 29.”
The double header against Egypt is quite crucial if Nigeria is to make a return to the AFCON having missed out on the 2015 edition.
The Eagles are presently trailing behind the Pharaohs with four points from two games while the Egyptians have the maximum six points from same number of games.