The 15, 400 – capacity Stephen Keshi Stadium , Asaba will host next month ’ s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria’ s Super Eagles and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone , the Nigeria Football Federation has announced .
“We have finally settled for the Stephen Keshi Stadium , Asaba for the qualifying match against Sierra Leone.
The match will be played on Friday 27th March 2020 , ” NFF General Secretary, Dr . Mohammed Sanusi , stated .
The venue , named after former Nigeria captain and coach, the late Stephen Keshi , has hosted several international matches involving the Super Eagles and the Nigeria U- 23 squad , since it was opened two years ago .
Uganda were the first opposition entertained at the venue by the Eagles in a friendly match days after Nigeria sealed a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations ticket in November 2018. The match ended goalless .
The Eagles have since beaten Seychelles 3 – 1 (2019 AFCON qualifier ) and piped seven – time African champions Egypt 1 – 0 (a friendly) at the same venue , as well as a 0 – 0 stalemate with Zimbabwe in a pre – 2019 AFCON friendly in June last year .
The U- 23 team turned back Libya and Sudan in 2019 U – 23 AFCON qualifying matches at the same venue .
With the Nigeria Football Federation having picked March 27 for the first match , the Sierra Leone Football Association is now most likely to opt for Tuesday 31st March (the final day in the FIFA window ) for the return leg scheduled for the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown .
Victory in next month’ s match – day 3 fixture against the Leone Stars will take the Super Eagles closer to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals , as they currently perch at the top of their pool with the maximum six points from their first two matches and a goals difference of plus three.
A 2 – 1 win over Benin Republic in Uyo last November was followed by a 4 – 2 whiplash of Lesotho in Maseru .
The Super Eagles have further dates against the Squirrels of Benin Republic in Cotonou ( in June) and the Crocodiles of Lesotho in Nigeria (in September ) .
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