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Super Eagles NFF approve Uyo for South Africa clash

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face South Africa in their opening fixture of the 2019 AFCON on Saturday, June 10.

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Godswill Akapabio International Stadium play The NFF have approved the Godswill Akapabio International Stadium after inspecting the pitch (NFF)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have approved the Godswill Akapabio International Stadium to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) between Nigeria and South Africa in June.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face South Africa in their opening fixture of the 2019 AFCON on Saturday, June 10.

Ahead of the game, an inspection team led by chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee Chris Green had a tour of the stadium on Tuesday, April 11.

Super Eagles of Nigeria play The Super Eagles will play South Africa on Saturday, June 10 (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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We are delighted with the state of the playing turf and other facilities at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium,” Green told the official website of the NFF.

“I can tell you that the pitch is just as it was when the Super Eagles played Algeria in the World Cup qualifier in November last year.

“The fact that Julius Berger has also started some work on the turf is even more re-assuring. They are adding manure, and afterwards will do cutting and rolling, and they have the benefit of the weather at this period. By the time we host South Africa on 10th June, the pitch will be one of the very best anywhere in Africa.”

Bafana Bafana play Bafana Bafana of South Africa (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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To main the state of the pitch, the inspection team has advised that no activity be carried out until the match has been played.

Popularly called the ‘Nest of Champions’ the stadium hosted the 2017 AFCON qualifier between the Super Eagles and Tanzania in September 2016, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying battle between the Eagles and the Fennecs of Algeria in November 2016.

The ‘Nest of Champions’ will also play host to the Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Cameroon in August 2017 and  Zambia in October 2017.

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