This is contrary to an earlier media reports that the match will hold at the refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
Completesports.com’s findings revealed that the Nigeria Football Federation inspection team that inspected the stadium recently observed that the match is coming too soon for the game to hold in Benin City
“Benin City cannot host the Super Eagles against Sierra Leone game because of a number of reasons and that is why we have decided to return to Uyo. The Ogbemudia Stadium is not fully ready according to the report from our inspection team and even it will be ready, the stadium will be hosting the National Sports Festival at same period of the match.
“We chose to play on Friday March 27 to give us ample time to prepare for the return leg five days later. At least our players will have three days training after arriving from their respective clubs in Europe,” our source who is an executive member of the NFF stated.
The March 27 match against Sierra Leone has been scheduled for 5pm for security reasons.
Meanwhile, the NFF is hoping the AFCON qualifier against Lesotho will hold in Benin City later in the year.