Omonia Nicosia of Cyprus defender, Shehu Abdullahi has revealed how excited with the prospects of him playing for the Super Eagles in Lagos next month, as reports indicate that the Nigerian national team are likely to play their last match of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in the country’s commercial nerve centre.
Megasportsarena.com reports that, with strong hints merging that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are in the process of finalizing with Lagos State government to have next month’s game against Lesotho staged at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
Despite having played their two previous home clashes of the qualifiers in Asaba and Benin City respectively, the NFF were in search of a more venues due to logistics issues they faced during the game at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in the Edo State capital.
However, with Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja still under renovation, the NFF opted for an alternative, and Teslim Balogun Stadium has now popped up as he next viable option, especially with the pitch having been changed from astro-turf to natural grass.
Consequently, the Eagles are set to stage a return to The Centre Of Excellence and at the same arena they last played in 10 years ago, thereby creating a buzz of excitement for Abdullahi, who is yet to play for the Eagles in Lagos, where he says Nigeria has a long stretch of glorious history.
He is now expressing hope that the return to Nigeria’s former capital will favour the Eagles, even as he declared that he and his colleagues will be all out to give the Lagos fans lots to cheer about when they host Lesotho in what could be a dead rubber clash, with the ticket to Cameroon 2022 already secured, should they get at least a draw Benin Republic.
Abdullahi enthused: “I’m looking forward to the Lagos experience. Super Eagles have a lot of history connected with Lagos and it will be another interesting journey. Unfortunately, we don’t know if the fans will come in and support us, but the experience will surely be worth our hard work.”