Ogbemudia Stadium Chosen for Super Eagles First World Cup Qualifier

Ogbemudia Stadium Super Eagles World Cup Qualifier

The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin has been chosen as host venue when Nigeria kicks off her 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier campaign in March 2020.

Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick made the revelation while speaking on Brila FM.

“You cannot talk about Nigerian football without talking about Edo,” Pinnick said on Brila FM.

“At a point in time, you have to find Premier League clubs like Flash Flamingoes, Bendel United, Bendel Insurance.

“All these clubs were in Benin and they paraded most of the Super Eagles players so football is coming home and that’s why we are bringing the first World Cup qualifying match to Benin City.”

The 20,000 capacity Ogbemudia stadium had hosted some of Nigeria’s games in the past.

The stadium first staged Super Eagles game in 1983 when they entertained Morocco during the 1984 AFCON qualifier which ended 0-0.

Nigeria and 25 top-ranked African teams will be joined by 14 winners from the first round for the second round of the qualifiers which will commence in March 2020.

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All the teams in the second round will be drawn into ten groups of four teams.

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