Nigeria’s Super Eagles will face the Central African Republic on 12 October in the qualifying series for Qatar 2022 World Cup but their opponent will have to host the match on a neutral ground.
This is because the Confederation of African Football have stripped home advantages for eight African countries in next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The central African Republic is one of eight countries whose home grounds were deemed unfit to host international matches and they will now have to play their home ties elsewhere.
The others are Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, and Niger.
Their venues failed inspections by a team from CAF.
Countries were warned to upgrade their facilities or risk being banned from hosting international matches.
The decision will come as a particular blow to all eight countries when they meet their various opponents.
However, countries banned from playing at home were allowed to negotiate their own alternatives, said Guinea Bissau Football Federation president Carlos Mendes Teixeira.
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