The date for the first leg of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, qualifier between Nigeria and Egypt will now be played on Friday, March 25 (instead of March 26), at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, according to a ruling yesterday, by the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
Ademola Olajire, spokesman of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, that the change in date was done in order to make room for two days rest between the first and return leg, to be played in Cairo. Although CAF had given Nigeria the freedom to pick any day between 23rd – 26th March for the Day 3 clash, and handed Egypt the option of picking any day from 26th – 29th for the Day 4 encounter, the continental body appealed to the NFF to pick a new date that would ensure two full days of rest ahead of the second match.
NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi confirmed the new dates. “We have now moved the match forward by 24 hours, so we will play on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 will serve as the day for the two teams to travel, while March 27 and 28 will be rest days before the return leg on Tuesday, March 29.”