AFCON: Uyo may host Seychelles clash as Rohr seeks return to familiar ground

Gernot Rohr

The Super Eagles of Nigeria may take on Seychelles at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, as coach Gernot Rohr is opting for a venue the team are already used to.

The final game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier is billed to hold in March, and the Eagles, who are already qualified for the finals, are not under any pressure.

The team’s first home game against South Africa was in Uyo, where they lost 0-2 to the Bafana Bafana. They went on to host Libya in Kaduna, before playing an international friendly against Uganda at the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba.

“It is not as if the Stephen Keshi Stadium is not good or that we did not enjoy our training and camping in Asaba,” Rohr explained, according to a source quoted by CSN.

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“We enjoyed every bit of our stay here. The government and people were wonderful and we appreciate their support on and outside the pitch, but we need to return to a place we are used to in Uyo

“If I get the backing of the president and his executive, we hope to play Seychelles in Uyo, but if they insist it has to be played in Asaba, we won’t say no.

“But the truth is that the Asaba stadium is not big enough to accommodate our teeming fans on match days,” he said.

The Super Eagles thrashed Seychelles 3-0 in the first leg of the encounter in Victoria, and will hope to finish up the job on a high note when they play at home.

Having failed to qualify for the past two editions of the Nations Cup, Nigeria will be featuring at the CAF flagship competition for the first time since 2013, when they won the title a third time.

The 2019 edition is billed to hold in Cameroon, from June to July.


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