The Super Eagles’ international friendly against Ukraine has been moved from it original venue in Kiev to another location in the East European country, as the hosts prefer to stage the game in Dnipro, to make up for a recent setback in the ancient city, megasportsarena.com has gathered.
This much was disclosed by Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF), as the governing body confirmed that their national team will face the Eagles on September 10 at Dnipro-Arena.
This comes after the UAF Executive Committee approved the Dnipro-Arena as the new venue, to make up for having missed out on staging a recent friendly against Turkey, and last hosted a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Ukraine and England.
Dnipro-Arena staged the match between Ukraine and England as the country’s normal home venue, Olimpiysky National Sports Complex in Kiev was being rebuilt ready for UEFA Euro 2012.
The new venue for Ukraine versus Nigeria game, which has a capacity of 31,003 people. is an arena that regularly hosts the homes matches of FC Dnipro, haviong replaced their old Soviet Metalurh Stadium that had been in existence since 1940.
The Dnipro-Arena was chosen as a possible venue for UEFA Euro 2012, but was dropped from the list in May 2009, though the capacity had to fell short of the minimum 33,000 seats required by UEFA.
Dnipro-Arena then hosted the 2009 Ukrainian Cup final, in which Vorskla Poltava beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1–0 and, since the beginning of conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Dnipro have played their Euro matches at Olympiskiy NSC Stadium in Kyiv at the behest of UEFA.
The Nigerian team, though, need not worry about politic strife affecting them on September 10, as the authorities in Ukraine says there has been comparatively less conflict in Dnipro than other areas.
UAF president, Andrey Pavelko said: ”Considering the postponement of the friendly match with the Turks, which was supposed to take place in Dnipro in November last year, such a decision is absolutely logical and fair.
“This match will be the best gift to Dnipro, the main outpost of Ukraine in the east, and the first national team match in the city in the last 10 years.”