The Nigeria Football Federation has certified the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna fit and approved it for the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Pharaohs of Egypt slated for March 26th.
The Glass House had picked the crocodile city months ago and needed to ensure the stadium was ready for the make or mar clash.
NFF General Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed, who led a delegation on Thursday to the stadium for an inspection, disclosed that though there is still more work to be done, the stadium was ready for the crucial encounter.
“We have seen every part of the stadium, and it seems ready for the Eagles-Pharaohs clash, but there is still some work to be done to ensure we have a perfect atmosphere come March 26th,” he said.
Sanusi then appealed to the Kaduna State government, through the chairman of the Kaduna Football Association, Abdulkadir Magaji Kapaka to ensure the stadium maintains a high level of readiness and standard for such high calibre game.
The first leg of the Nigeria and Egypt AFCON 2017 qualifier was moved forward by three days by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), following a request by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the second leg will now be played on March 29th.
The Super Eagles are second on the log with four points from two games, behind Egypt who have six points from same number of matches and may kiss their qualification hopes goodbye if they fail to get at least four points from the games.