Venue revealed for Nigeria’s opening World Cup qualifier

Venue revealed for Nigeria’s opening World Cup qualifier
Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri (R) in action against Nigeria's Jamilu Collins (L)

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Dec 18, 2019. 14:00

Nigeria’s Super Eagles are set to make a return to the refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City for the first time in nine years when they host their first 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier next year.

The move was confirmed by Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick with the Super Eagles set to feature at the venue for the first time since a 0-0 draw with Botswana in 2011.

“You cannot talk about Nigerian football without talking about Edo,” Pinnick told Brila FM.

“At a point in time, you have to find Premier League clubs like Flash Flamingoes, Bendel United, Bendel Insurance.

“All these clubs were in Benin and they paraded most of the Super Eagles players so football is coming home and that’s why we are bringing the first World Cup qualifying match to Benin City.”

The draw for the World Cup qualifiers will take place in Cairo on January 21, 2020.

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