Keshi Hints Nigeria Could Host Sudan in Abuja

Coach Stephen Keshi says the Abuja National Stadium pitch is in “good” shape to host matches.

Nigeria may return to Abuja for a crucial 2015 Afcon qualifier against Sudan next month.

Earlier in the month, the Super Eagles were defeated 3-2 by Congo in their previous home match in Calabar- their first ever loss at the UJ Esuene Stadium.

Players complained about the poor state of the Calabar pitch after the loss, prompting the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in collaboration with the National Sports Council (NSC) to opt for a move back to the Federal Capital.

The Main Bowl of the Abuja National Stadium.
The Main Bowl of the Abuja National Stadium.

“The stadium is good to go,” stated Keshi after inspecting the Abuja pitch on Tuesday.

“I have seen it, it’s good for both training and match. But we will see how it goes.”

Officials of the NSC believe the refurbished pitch at the Abuja National Stadium can now host top-class internationals again.

Sudan hosts Nigeria on October 10 in Omdurman with the return leg scheduled for four days later.

Congo lead Group A with six points, South Africa are second on four points, Nigeria have a solitary point and their next opponent Sudan are yet to record any.


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