AFCON 2015 Qualifier: Super Eagles to play remaining home matches in Abuja

Abuja Stadium

The Super Eagles will play the remaining of their qualifying home matches for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Abuja.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja on Thursday, the spokesperson for the Federation, Ademola Olajire, confirmed that the National Sports Commission, NSC, had ordered all matches to be played in Abuja, adding that necessary actions will be taken to that effect.

“It is true, the NSC wrote us and I can confirm that the Federation received a letter ordering us to fix all Super Eagles matches for Abuja,” he said.

A source, who pleaded anonymity as he was not officially cleared to speak, had told PREMIUM TIMES that the NSC had on Wednesday written to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to move the remaining matches to Abuja because of the poor state of the pitch at the U.J Esuene stadium in Calabar.

Super Eagles played all the 2014 World Cup qualifying home matches in Calabar.

Mr. Olajire also confirmed that the team will be moved to Abuja to continue with the qualifying campaign.

“Yes all the matches will now be played in Abuja, we are going to move them. So far the sports commission has given the order we don’t have any choice than to move them to Abuja,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles have so far suffered a 3-2 home defeat, when they played host to Congo in Calabar, and played a 1-1 away draw in South Africa.

Nigeria, the defending champion of the Cup of Nations is grouped with Sudan, South Africa and Congo in the ongoing qualifying series of the AFCON2015 African Cup, which will take place January 2015 in Morocco.

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