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Nigeria vs Sierra Leone AFCON 2023 qualifier to be played behind closed doors – NFF reiterates.

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Nigeria supporters cheer prior to the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 football match between Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria at Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua on January 19, 2022. (Photo by Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/AFP via Getty Images)

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone AFCON 2023 qualifier. 

The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that Nigeria vs Sierra Leone AFCON 2023 qualifier will be played without spectators on Thursday at Abuja’s MKO Abiola National Stadium.

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone AFCON 2023 qualifier
Nigeria squad to face Sierra Leone.

General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, announced in Abuja on Tuesday that the scenario is the outcome of FIFA’s one-match ban imposed on the country following the conclusion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff round against the Black Stars of Ghana in March.

Fifa imposed a 150,000 Swiss Franc (₦63.9m ) fine on Nigeria and stated the Super Eagles will play one match without fans after crowd troubles in their 2022 World Cup play-off second leg against Ghana.

And a statement from the NFF stated that the ban still takes effect as earlielr announced by the football ruling body, while they called on fans to support the three-time African champions in other ways possible.

We want to appeal to our very passionate football fans to take heart for this one game,” it read.

It is only a one-match ban, after which they can again start trooping out to support the Super Eagles. The match against Sierra Leone will be without fans as a consequence of what happened after the match against the Ghanaians.

“Nonetheless, we want to urge all our football fans, and indeed all Nigerians, to support the team whichever way they can and pray for success against the Sierra Leoneans on Thursday.”

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone AFCON 2023 qualifier.

The Super Eagles begin fresh qualification quest for third consecutive appearance in the biennial continental cup taking place in Cote d’Ivoire next year.

Currently on a five-game winless– losing three and drawing two, including friendly defeats to Mexico and Ecuador in the United States, but the will be buoyed by the arrival of Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Stoke City’s Oghenekaro Etebo, Porto’s Zaidu Sanusi, and team captain Ahmed Musa, which will add more depth to the squad.

Four days after taking on Sierra Leone, Peseiro and his men will travel to Grand Stade de Agadir, Morocco for their next game with Sao Tome and Principe.

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