Burkina Faso moves CHAN qualifier to Sunday
Burkina Faso’s football governing body, Federation Burkinabe de Foot-Ball (FBF) has moved the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) final qualifying match between the Super Eagles and the Etalons from Saturday to Sunday.
Disclosing this in
Abuja yesterday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it received correspondence from the FBF on Monday indicating a change in date of the tie, and immediately protested, saying the change was coming less than the 10 days stipulated in the rules.
“We have complained to CAF about this change in date that came only five days to the match, as against a minimum of 10 days enshrined in the regulations.
“It means we will now have to alter all our arrangements to play the CHAN qualifier match on Sunday,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said on Tuesday.
The new date means the Super Eagles will now travel to Ouagadougou on Friday evening, have the official training in the evening of Saturday and play the Etalons at the August 4 Stadium on Sunday. They are scheduled to depart Ouagadougou immediately after the match.
Nigeria have a 2-0 advantage in the CHAN fixture, with goals from Yaro Bature and Gbolahan Salami in the first leg in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike (C) tackles Iran’s Ehsan Haji Safi (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group F preliminary round match at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, 16 June 2014.