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- Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja is set to host the Super Eagles’ crunch World Cup qualifiers against arch-rivals Ghana
- The stadium was used by the Super Eagles for their preparations for the AFCON after it recently underwent a facelift
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Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja has been named as the venue for the Super Eagles upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Black Stars of Ghana.
The tie which is scheduled to be played on March 29th will come up eight days after the first fixture against the Ghanaians which has already been pencilled down for Accra.
According to a report via Punch A top sports ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the latest development.
“The Eagles have been on a tour of the country, no thanks to the unplayable pitch of the Moshood Abiola stadium,”
“The Abuja stadium will be completed by April 2021 according to the schedule of the contractors and before then FIFA would have been here for inspection to certify the stadium fit to host the World Cup qualifiers.
“The sports minister is committed to securing a home ground for the Eagles, who have become homeless for years due to the poor state of the stadium.”
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