Despite acknowledging that Salisu Yusuf’s one-year ban has ended, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has retained Imama Amapakabo as coach of locally-based Super Eagles.
Amapakabo will lead the home-based Super Eagles out to Lome on Friday for the first leg of a 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying fixture against Togo billed to hold on Sunday, the football house has revealed.
The future of 57-year-old Yusuf, who was coach of the side before his suspension, remains unclear as a decision is yet to be reached by the NFF.
“As a way of preparing the under-23 boys for the Under-23 Afcon (Africa Cup of Nations) finals in Egypt, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided that the under-23 squad, without the overseas-based professionals but with a number of home-based added, will play in the CHAN qualifying fixture,” the NFF said in a statement.
“Amapakabo’s charges have another ample pre-Afcon preparatory platform awaiting at the 2nd WAFU (West African Football Union) Cup of Nations, in Thies, Senegal as from 28 September.”
The home-Eagles have been preparing for the game in Abuja under the tutelage of Amapakabo.
After Sunday’s encounter in Lome, the reverse fixture of the tie will take place after two weeks.
The winners on aggregate will qualify for the CHAN 2020 tournament which is billed to be hosted by Cameroon.
The last edition which held at Morocco was won by the host nation as they beat the Super Eagles 4-0 in the final.