Nigeria to host Seychelles, Egypt in Asaba

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is close to agreeing a deal for their upcoming matches against the Seychelles and Egypt to be played in Asaba.

The Super Eagles will face Seychelles in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group stage qualifier on March 21. They are also now billed to face the Pharaohs in a friendly match five days later.

The Federation is reportedly closing in on an agreement to take the games to Asaba, with the Delta State Government agreeing to put up 70 percent of the costs.

“We have reached the final phase of discussion and all seem to be done deal as the Asaba stadium will stage the matches all things been equal,” an official of the NFF told a Nigerian daily, Thisday.

“When Asaba hosted the African Athletic Championships, cynics lampooned the governor for the huge amount spent to stage the five-day event that was engulfed by many flaws but the presence of top athletes in the continent at the event boosted tourism not only in Asaba but Delta State as a whole.”

Eagles manager Gernot Rohr, has however complained about the poor state of the playing surface in Asaba and the unusual position of the changing rooms in the past interviews.