Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have explained that their decision to seek a change in date for the Super Eagles’ last match in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Seychelles was to get at least four days of rest for the players before they play Egypt in an international friendly match on March 26.
Consequently, Confederation of African Football (CAF) last week confirmed that Nigeria’s dead rubber final fixture will hold on the 22nd of this month at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, instead of March 23.
The shift in date by 24 hours is at the behest of the NFF, which desired a longer period of rest for the Eagles’ players for the match with Egypt, after playing Seychelles.
It is now left to be seen how Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr will react, as observers are wont to believe the Franco-German gaffer could line out two sets of players for both matches at same venue.
This, though, is in contrast with initial declarations by Rohr, who said he will invite only the best crop of players.
However, with Egypt confirming early this week that the will be in the Delta State capital with a team that could best be described as their B-squad, Rohr might be set to make a rethink of his plans as well.
Rohr stated: “We will base our invite on what they are doing with their clubs and we know what they did with us and we are not forgetting it.”