The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to engage in their first footballing actions since the outbreak of the Coronavirus and its impact on world sporting events.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through its president confirmed that the Super Eagles will take on Cote D’Ivoire on the 9th of October before facing Tunisia on 13th of October in two friendly games which will be played in Austria.
Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, who made the announcement on Wednesday via his Twitter page, explained that the European country was picked for ‘a few obvious reasons’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taking to his Twitter page, Amaju wrote;
As part of our commitment to transparency, probity and openness, I would like to brief Nigerians of events as they unfold in football development.
Firstly, a tragic note, as we lost the head of the ICT department, Mr. Tolulope Abe to complications arising from surgery. May His soul rest in Peace.
We also conducted COVID-19 tests on all members of staff and four returned positive. While one has fully recovered and confirmed negative, others are in stable condition, receiving treatment with the full compliments of the NCDC.
Now. As we await the Federal Government’s pronouncement on the resumption of football, the Federation has been in active discussions about possible friendly matches and I’m happy to say we have finally sealed two high profile matches for next month.
On the 9th of October, the Super Eagles will play former African champions, Cote D’Ivoire in a friendly game, then face another African giant and former champions Tunisia, four days later, on the 13th. Both games will be held in Austria for a few obvious reasons.
Due to the COVID-19 protocols presently in place and the proximity of the bulk of our team as well, Austria was seen as an ideal venue. I’ll have to stress as well, that ALL costs will be borne by the Football Federations of both Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire, as well as Tunisia.