CAF diverts Super Eagles’ flight from East to West in Afcon qualifiers Day 2

CAF diverts Super Eagles’ flight from East to West in Afcon qualifiers Day 2
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The re-juggling of teams in the 2023 Afcon qualifiers in Group A has affected the itinary of the Super Eagles on Match Day 2 which is on 13 June.

The fact that they will be playing the away games against São Tomé and Príncipe instead of Mauritius means that their flight path has been diverted from east (Mauritius) to west (Marrakech, I Morocco), as São Tomé and Príncipe do not have an approved playing ground in their country and play their home matches in the dainty Moroccan city.

 When the draw was originally conducted in South Africa weeks ago, São Tomé and Príncipe  were drawn in the Group A alongside Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  

But Mauritius which São Tomé and Príncipe  eliminated in the preliminary stage protested and had it upheld by the Disciplinary Committee.

Sao Tome and Principe went on appeal and are now  restored into Group A  

Mauritius had protested to CAF that São Tomé and Príncipe player, Luis Leal Dos Anjos did not undergo the obligatory PCR test during their match on 24th March, 2022 in the frame of the AFCON 2023 qualifiers, but the Appeal Board ruled that “given that neither the CAF Disciplinary Code nor CAF’s COVID-19 protocols provide any sanctions for missing an obligatory PCR test, it is legally baseless to consider the player in question to be ineligible.”

According to a media release by the NFF, the Head Coach of Nigeria, Jose Santos Peseiro woke up to the news in New Jersey, where the Eagles play Ecuador in a friendly match on Thursday, and simply said: “We are focused on the friendly game with Ecuador. It is neither here nor there. We play whoever is in front of us.”

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