Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: 7,000 fans could watch AFCON qualifier in Benin

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: 7,000 fans could watch AFCON qualifier in Benin

- Nigeria vs Sierra Leone takes centre stage as qualification for next AFCON tournament resume across different match venues this month

- The Super Eagles will host Sierra Leone at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on November 13

- NFF president Pinnick is astonished by the level of development that has taken place at the venue as he suggested that fans could be allowed into the stadium for the game

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Nigeria welcome Sierra Leone to the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium for the first leg of their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on November 13.

The Super Eagles head into the fixture with maximum points after their first two meetings against Lesotho and Benin.

And they will hope they can maintain their 100 percent record during their doubleheader against the Leone Stars this month.

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Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick is hoping that fans will troop out to witness their national team play at the facility he described as a 'world-class' in Benin.

Goal.com reports that the newly rehabilitated match venue has the capacity to sit no fewer than 15,000 fans.

After inspecting the stadium ahead of the crucial game, the 49-year-old football administrator expressed delight as to the new look the venue now wears. The NFF chief told NAN:

”There is a tremendous improvement compared to the last time I came, the turf is very brilliant, it’s what you see in world-class facilities.

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"I thank the government of Edo for this facility and we are proud of this achievement. The Super Eagles can’t wait to come and play in the state.

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AFCON 2020 Qualifier: NFF president Pinnick delighted with improvement at Samuel Ogbemudia stadium
AFCON 2020 Qualifier: Super Eagles stars pose for a team picture during one of their games. Photo Credit - Emmanuel Osodi
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"I’m in touch with the players, who are all excited to be here to play for the country especially, Ahmed Musa, the captain of the team, whose mother is from Edo and he is anxious to play for the nation and his State."

Pinnick also revealed when the Super Eagles will land in Benin for their AFCON 2020 clash as they hope to stretch their winning run to three games.

“The NFF will move into the state on Friday, November 9, while the players will start arriving from November 11 and after the game, make preparations to fly to Sierra Leone on Friday or Saturday after the game."

No fewer than 7,000 spectators would be allowed to watch the AFCON 2020 qualifier against the Leone Stars.

“They want about 6,000 to 7,000 where they will sit out to observe social distancing, so we are going to look at it, we will send a letter to the ministry and also send a letter to Presidential Task Force, once we get the approval within the next two days we will send.

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“I have already spoken to Caf, we will send a representative of Caf and I will want a situation whereby people will see a decent crowd in the stadium in a very competitive game in Edo."

Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze has been named in the Spanish League team of the week according to Whoscored.com.

The 21-year-old opened his goal account for the 2020-21 season in their Villarreal's 2-0 La Liga victory over Real Valladolid earlier this week.

Chukwueze scored a stunning close-range goal in the 21st minute after making a run into the opponents' danger zone to connect with a pass from Alfonso Pedraza.

His goal in the game earned him a spot on the team that also has Karim Benzema and Lionel Messi in a two-man attack.

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