Tue. May 17th, 2022

 by Imhons Erons

The venue of Thursday’s World Cup qualifier will not be thrown open to all comers due to the efforts still being made to curb the spread of the different strains of the coronavirus, 

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has given Nigeria the go-ahead to allow five thousand (5,000) fans to enter into the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, to watch the matchday three encounter between the Super Eagles and the Central African Republic.

The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, confirmed the continental football body’s approval on their official website.

It would be recalled that the same number of spectators were allowed to watch the Super Eagles’ matchday one tie versus Liberia also at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. The NFF had applied to CAF to have 12,000 spectators at the venue.

Nigeria won that encounter 2-0 thanks to a pair of well-taken goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, giving the fans a lot to cheer.

The Super Eagles later secured an excellent 2-1 victory away to Cape Verde, notching a maximum of six points from two games heading to the clash against the Central Africans.

The three-time African champions are the huge favourites against the Wild Beasts on Thursday and in the return leg on Sunday, and team captain Ahmed Musa has revealed that nothing but victories in both clashes will be enough.

The Fatih Karagumruk forward said: “We have a mission, which is to collect all the six points from the two matches and make things easier for ourselves in the last two matches against Liberia and Cape Verde. Then, we can focus on the knockout matches of March next year.”

The return leg of the Super Eagles and the Wild Beasts face-off is slated for Douala, a coastal city in Cameroon.

CAF had banned the CAR from hosting any World Cup qualifiers on home soil after ruling that none of their football pitches is fit for international matches.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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