Ahead of Friday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has barred media personnel and fans from entering the stadium.
This is in the guidelines communicated to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The CAF instructed other media personnel that there would be no mixed zone or virtual press conference.
The only media personnel that will be allow inside the stadium if possible are the media officers and photographers of both teams. Also only television channels with the rights will be allowed to grant flash interviews.
The above puts to rest all previous speculations regarding having spectators at the match venue, and whether members of the media would be allowed into the arena.
The newly appointed Director of Competitions of the Nigeria Football Federation, Bola Oyeyode, on Monday said only individuals accredited by the NFF would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for the Day 3 qualifier, which will kick off at 5pm Nigerian time.
Nigeria lead Group L with six points, having won their first two games. They beat Benin Republic 2-1 in Uyo and won Lesotho 2-4 in Maseru.
Their opponent, the Leone stars of Sierra Leone, occupies the third position in the group with one point from two matches, having played a 1-1 draw against Lesotho at their home and lost 1-0 to away from home to Benin Republic.
The three-time African champions will wrap up the qualifiers against the Squirrels of Benin away from home and Crocodiles of Lesotho in Nigeria.
This is how the group looks like.