The Sierra Leone Football Association have confirmed that the Confederation of African Football, CAF, has rejected their proposal to host Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations Matchday 5 qualifier at home.
Sierra Leoneans were hoping to watch their national team, Leone Stars, battle against Nigeria in June’s crucial AFCON qualifier at the newly built 6000-seater Southern Arena in Bo City, Sierra Leone.
SLFA say the decision was due to poor hotel facilities in the country’s Southern Province second city. As it stands, Sierra Leone will have to look on the road to host Nigeria’s Super Eagles next month.
Super Eagles of Nigeria regained the top spot in Group A after their 1-0 win through Moses Simon’s spot kick in the 30-minute in their matchday four reverse fixture of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers in March.
Sierra Leone registered its first victory in the African Cup of Nations Qualifying Group A campaign defeating Sao Tome 2-0 to move two points behind leaders Guinea Bissau.
Both sides played to a 2-2 draw in their matchday three qualifiers, but on matchday four, Sierra Leone looked more determined to keep their qualification campaign alive.
Sierra Leone sits third in Group A but must win against Nigeria and Guinea-Bissua in their final two games to make a back-to-back AFCON final.
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