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    Nigeria’s Super Eagles set for AFCON qualifier against Seychelles

    APA – Lagos (Nigeria)

    The 23-players invited for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final qualifying match against Seychelles are set for the encounter on Friday.

    The match will be played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, the Delta State capital where the players had training sessions.

    Apart from the AFCON qualifier on Friday, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has arranged an international friendly between the Super Eagles and their Egyptian counterparts on Tuesday next week as part of the preparations for the AFCON tournament, which will be hosted by Egypt later in the year.

    The Coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr said that he would field some of the Super Eagles players, who could not play during the World Cup in Russia and try some new players for the squad.

    Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Asaba, ahead of the match the two matches in Asaba.

    The Delta State Police Command has assured visitors from other African countries, especially Seychelles and Egypt, who are visiting the state for the football events of adequate security in Asaba and other parts of the state.

    In a statement on Thursday in Asaba, the Acting Spokesman of the Police Command, Mr. Chuks Orisewezie, said: “It is therefore expected that we extend to them our warm hospitality which Nigeria is known for during their stay as they will be lodging in hotels and visiting other places of importance.

    “The Nigerian National team, the Super Eagles, have already arrived while other nationals will be arriving soon.

    “The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyinka Adeleke, assures all and sundry that adequate security has been put in place, for their safety and security before, during and after the event.”

    According to him, operation order has been drawn-up and well-trained security personnel deployed to all the nook and crannies of the state and escort provided for the players and officials.

    He added that the deployed personnel had been briefed on the rules of engagement and professional code of conduct in line with international best practices in the discharge of their duties to ensure a hitch-free fiesta.

    He assured that Delta is peaceful and admonished parents and guardians to warn their children and wards not to engage themselves “in any act capable of breaching the existing peace as adequate sanctions will be meted to any person(s) found wanting”.


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