2021 AFCON Qualifiier: Eagles to open Ogbemudia Stadium

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 15/10/2019

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Nigeria Super Eagles will open refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City with the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Squirrels of Benin Republic on November 11, according to

Gernot Rohr will take Benin Republic before facing be away to Lesotho in Maseru on November 19.

We are ready to host Super Eagles matches anytime. The Ogbemudia Stadium is now back to shape and don’t forget, Benin used to be Super Eagles number one home in the past, so this won’t be anything special”, an official of Edo State Football Association said on Tuesday.

But chairman of the Edo FA, Comrade Frank Illaboya, could not be reached Tuesday on the matter.

Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, had hosted Super Eagles matches in recent time but concerns over the state of the Asaba pitch has forced Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, into serious search for an alternative venue.

There are also suggestions the Keshi Stadium could undergo rehabilitation ahead of the FIFA Women’s U20 World Cup which Nigeria is bidding to host with Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium are amongst six stadia Nigeria Football Federation is proposing as venues for the championship.