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Nigeria picks Calabar

Nigeria picks Calabar

The Nigeria men’s national team, the Super Eagles will play their 2014 Fifa world Cup qualifying game against Namibia on June 3 at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

The Super Eagles will also face the Rwanda National team in a 2013 Africa Nation’s Cup qualifier against Rwanda on June 17 at the same venue.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has ratified the decision on Thursday following waves of discontent over the initial choice of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna to host both games.

NFF President, Aminu Maigari said the decision to select Calabar was reached following a meeting with the Director General of the Nigeria Sports Commission.

“It is settled. Together with the Director General, Chief (Dr) Ekeji, we looked at all the options available to us and we decided Calabar is the best choice for now. Although work has started on the pitch of the National Stadium, Abuja, it will not be ready to host the match, especially with FIFA wanting us to confirm a venue by Friday,” Maigari said.

Nigeria take on Namibia on the opening day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying on June 3 before facing Malawi in Blantyre on match day 2 on June 9.

The Super Eagles will then return to Nigeria to clash with the Amavubi of Rwanda in the return leg of a 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifying fixture on Sunday, June 17.

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