Caf to con­sider Nige­rian pro­posal

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CAPE TOWN — The Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball will meet soon to dis­cuss a pro­posal for African World Cup qual­i­fiers to play friendlies dur­ing the Fifa win­dow in March, a Nige­rian of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

Nige­ria, Sene­gal, Egypt, Morocco and Tu­nisia will be Africa’s five flag bear­ers at Rus­sia next year.

How­ever, all five teams will be en­gaged in Af­con 2019 in the next Fifa win­dow in March and this will be the last win­dow be­fore the World Cup in June in Rus­sia.

Su­per Ea­gles’ spokesman Toyin Ibitoye said Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) pres­i­dent Amaju Pin­nick has pro­posed that the next Fifa win­dow should now be used by the World Cup fi­nal­ists to prepare for world foot­ball’s show­piece tour­na­ment.

“In the few days Caf will meet to de­lib­er­ate a pro­posal by the NFF pres­i­dent on us­ing the Fifa win­dow in March for the World Cup flag bear­ers to play friendly matches ahead of Rus­sia 2018,” he said.

Nige­ria are slated to play against Sey­chelles in March 2018 in con­tin­u­a­tion of the 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fiers, but would now bat­tle a bet­ter rated team should this pro­posal be ac­cepted.

There has been me­dia spec­u­la­tion over pos­si­ble Ea­gles’ op­po­nents in pre-World Cup friendlies, but Ibitoye main­tained likely op­po­nents will be known af­ter the De­cem­ber 1 draw in Moscow. — AFP.

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