NFF dumps Abuja, Lagos, picks Uyo to host Super Eagles AFCON, W’Cup qualifiers


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have picked Uyo as the host city for the Super Eagles Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifying games.

This was made known by the NFF president, Ibrahim Gusau when he paid a courtesy visit to the Akwa Ibom State governor, Pastor Umo Eno yesterday.

The next six international matches of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, begining with the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against São Tomé and Principe on September 10, 2023, as well as the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.

While thanking the government for its previous support to the team, Gusua said that the winning record as well as the conducive environment in the state informed the decision of the country’s football body to choose Uyo as the host city.

It will be noted that the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja as well as the Teslim Balogun, Lagos had recently played hosts to the Super Eagles. It will also be recalled that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) approved the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State for the Super Eagles’ next home game in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Super Eagles played their two previous home games in the qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

In his response, Governor Umo Eno assured the NFF President of the support and cooperation of the Government and people of state and stated that the Nest of Champions is an internationally acclaimed stadium whose maintenance contract with construction giants, Julius Berger, he has recently renewed.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Sports has invited top officials of the NFF for a peace parley according to a statement from the Media Team of the Chairman House Committee on Sports on Hon Ekene Adams Abubakar.

“Considering the need for mutual co-operation, unity, peace and a sense of belonging. I wish to humbly request your presence at this crucial meeting to align with the Nigerian Football Federation in order to reach a common ground to achieve a renewed policy direction for the Nigeria Football Federation anchored on peace and unity,” the statement said.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 15th August, 2023 by 11:00 am, at Suite 2.31. House of Representatives Wing, National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

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