Nigeria are reportedly in quest of another change in date for the first leg of Nigeria vs Libya AFCON Qualifier Date.
Nigeria Football Federation officials are understood to be worried that the stadium may not contain all the fans expected for the game as was the case when Nigeria hosted Egypt at the arena in 2017.
Although Kaduna State government, which will foot the bills for the October 12 clash at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the City of Crocodiles, was given the choice of staging the game on a Friday by CAF, NFF remembers how the same arena was jam-packed during a 2017 AFCON qualifier against Egypt.
With several fans failing to gain formal entry to the arena for the first leg of the crucial match between the Super Eagles and Pharaohs, countless spectators had to resort to hanging on the floodlights, scoreboard, and scaffoldings around the ground, which resulted in a fine from CAF. With a view towards preventing a repeat of that hideous scenario, NFF is now looking for a shift in date from Friday to Saturday, October 13 for the first leg in Kaduna.
That would mean a third shift in date for the game, which had initially been scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, before it was moved to October 12, at the request of Kaduna State government.
That shift also called for a new date for the second leg, which has also been moved twice, from October 13 to 14 and now 15; but may possibly now hold on Tuesday, October 16 if CAF grant NFF’s request to shift the first leg to October 13.