Nigeria’s under-23 national team coach, Imama Amapakabo has a date on March 20 against Libya in Bengerdan, Tunisia for the first leg of their Africa U-23 Cup of Nations qualifier.
Footballlive.ng learnt that Amapakabo has already compiled a list of foreign-based players he hopes will be available to prosecute the match, which will hold on a Wednesday in Libya’s adopted home ground.
Amapakabo’s side will have to fly into Tunisia for the game, because Libya are unable to play international matches at home due to effects of the Arab Spring political uprising that toppled Moamar Gaddafi in 2011.
This was contained in information provided by Libya Football Federation (LFF), with an official further confirming that the match venue, Bengerdan Stadium, has an artificial pitch.
It was also disclosed that the match will start at 3pm Tunisia time, ahead of which the Nigerian delegation from Abuja will land only a day earlier at Djerba International Airport, which is 20 minutes’ drive to Bengerdan.
The winner across two legs will qualify for the 3rd U23 AFCON to hold in Egypt in November, from which Africa’s flag-bearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games football tournament will emerge.