Super Eagles to open AFCON qualification camp on Monday, as Ministry insists on COVID-19 protocol

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The Super Eagles will open their camp in Benin City, Edo state on Monday to start preparations for their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone.

This was revealed by sources from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday, with specific hotels already booked for officials and members of the teams and also the football body.

Nigeria leads Group L with six points, after victories against Lesotho and Benin Republic, who are second, are set to face the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium on November 13.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth and Sports development has called on supporters to stay away from the stadium as fans will not be allowed in.

The Ministry said the move was “in compliance with condition of no gathering agreed upon by the ministry and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 before the Federal Government opened up football and other contact sports” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The game is expected to be played behind closed doors, with the Eagles hoping to make it three wins in three in the race for a slot in the Cameroon tournament.

Both teams are expected to leave Benin for Freetown immediately after the clash on Friday, as the reverse fixture of the tie will be played in Freetown on November 17.

Apart from the match, the federation is also expected to announce the resumption date of the leagues, including the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), the Nigerian National League (NNL), the amateur league and the Nigerian Women Football League.

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