Eagles to play Congo in Port Harcourt

Super Eagles will likely play the friendly match against Congo DR in Port Harcourt on May 27 it has been learnt.

The match is billed to be the last game for the Eagles before they depart for their fifth World Cup appearance at the 2018 tournament in Russia starting in June. Before the new venue came into reckoning, Abuja and Uyo were previously considered. It was gathered that the sports ministry officials have estimated and is requested approximately N70 million to fix the out of service Abuja National Stadium before the game can hold there.

Port Harcourt first hosted the Eagles 2018 World Cup eliminator against Swaziland in 2015. The Swazis held Nigeria to a goalless draw at home only to fall 2-0 to the Eagles in Port Harcourt. Port Harcourt will also be remembered for staging the country’s qualifiers to the 2002 World Cup. But soon the Nigeria Football Federation moved the games to Uyo.

In January Rivers State Governor told journalists that it was the APC led Federal Government that pushed the Eagles away from Port Harcourt on political considerations. He then added that the Eagles were always welcomed as the city was peaceful as any other place in Nigeria.

Last month the NFF president Amaju Pinnick led a delegation of the federation on a thank you visit to the Governor for the good times Eagles had spent in that city. It was not very clear if the forthcoming game was put on the table during the meeting.