Upon the request from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have moved the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for March 2018 to another date for teams that will be representing the continent at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The AFCON qualifiers billed for March 2018 involving Nigeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Egypt and Morocco have been shifted to October 2018 in order to allow these teams take on relevant friendly matches that will help in preparation for the World Cup.
This was made known by Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye on his Twitter handle.
Top source reveals that African teams to the World Cup will now have the March 2018 FIFA international days for friendly games after @CAF_Online exco approved @PinnickAmaju’s proposal for 2019 AFCON qualifiers fixed for that period moved to October 2018.
— Oluwatoyin Ibitoye (@Toyin_Ibitoye) November 16, 2017
“Top source reveals that African teams
to the World Cup will now have the March 2018 FIFA international days for friendly games after the CAF exceccutive committie approved @PinnickAmaju’s proposal for 2019 AFCON qualifiers fixed for that period moved to October 2018.” He tweeted.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were scheduled to continue their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a game against Seychelles during the March 2018 FIFA free window but the positive alteration has afforded the chance to hook up a couple of grade-A International friendlies instead.