The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has written to CAF for a possible change in date and time for the Super Eagles’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations AGCON qualifier against Republic of Benin.
The NFF is requesting CAF to move the tie from November 13 to 14 and the kickoff time moved from 8 pm to 5 pm. The NFF says the change is important due to security concerns.
Another reason for the date change is to enable Super Eagles players who are mostly based in Europe enough travelling time after their weekend games.
“Our team will have only one day to train if the match holds on Wednesday, November 13 since the players can only arrive Monday and Tuesday morning and will only be able to have one training session before the match day. But if we play the next day, we might have three training sessions,” an executive committee member of the NFF divulged and quoted by CompleteSports.
“As for the reason why we asked for kick-off change, this is necessitated by security concerns. If the match is played by 8 pm, it might stretch late into the night and will require more security attention.”
It could be recalled that coach Gernot Rohr had lamented the short period his players will train together before the crucial game, saying it is not enough.