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2023 AFCON: Nigeria host Sierra Leone in MKO National stadium

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja as the venue for Nigeria’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying matches The Trumpet gathered.

CAF in a letter to Nigeria’s football governing body (NFF) on Sunday, May 1, 2022, approved the nation to use the aforementioned venue for the qualifier between the Super Eagles and Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.

Going by this development, all suppositions that the stadium would be banned from hosting competitive tournaments due to the incident that happened when the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, have been thwarted.

Meanwhile, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) recently, sanctioned Nigeria and other countries after it concluded preliminary investigations on varying degrees of incidents that happened during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers around the globe.

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Nigeria, after the investigation, was fined CHF150,000 which is equivalent to N63,685,371.31, and was subjected to play one match in closed doors without spectators to cheer them up to victory.

Consequent to the second resolve by FIFA, the Super Eagles will have to play the Leone Stars in the MKO Abiola national stadium without the support of Nigeria fans.

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