The Stephen Keshi Stadium, with a capacity of 15,400 people, Asaba, will host the next 2021 AFCON – African Nations Cup qualifying game between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Sierra Leone’s Lioness Stars, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced.
“We finally decided on Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, for the qualifying match against Sierra Leone. The match will be played on Friday, March 27, 2020, ”said NFF general secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, over the weekend.
The venue, named after former Nigeria captain and coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (with a blessed memory), has hosted several international matches involving the Super Eagles and the Nigeria U23 team since it opened two years ago.
Uganda was the first opposition to host the Super Eagles at the venue – in a friendly match – days after Nigeria sealed a ticket to the 2019 African Nations Cup in South Africa in November 2018. The game ended goalless.
Since then, the Eagles have defeated the Seychelles 3-1 (AFCON qualification 2019) and scored the African champion Egypt 1-0 (a friendly) seven times in the same spot, in addition to making a goalless draw with Zimbabwe. in an AFCON pre-2019 friendly in June last year.
With the Football Federation of Nigeria having chosen March 27 for the first match, the Sierra Leone Football Association is now more likely to choose Tuesday, March 31 (the last day in the FIFA window) for the scheduled return to the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.
Victory in the matchday three-game next week against Leone Stars will bring the Super Eagles closer to the 2021 African Nations Cup final, as they currently perch on top of the pool with a maximum of six points on their two first games and a goal difference of three more. The 2-1 victory over the Republic of Benin in Uyo on 13 November was followed by a 4-2 blow to Lesotho in Maseru four days later.