The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved March 26th for the match between Nigeria and Egypt for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The game was supposed to take place March 23rd and is now confirmed for March 26th, only three days before the scheduled second-leg in Egypt.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) requested CAF to postpone the game to make sure stadium conditions are adequate.
“We have seen every part of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, 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,” NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi told NFF’s official website, on Saturday.
The Egyptian side will suffer a heavy schedule amid the change, especially as most key players from Ahly and Zamalek clubs have other African commitments between March 18 – 20, a week before the two-leg national teams clash.
The Pharaohs are on top of Group G of the Nations Cup qualifiers with a maximum six points from wins over Tanzania and Chad. Nigeria are second with four points.
Egypt are bidding to reach the Nations Cup for the first time since winning the last of their record seven titles in 2010.