Super Eagles to host Leone Stars, await CAF decision on São Tomé/Mauritius
After Tuesday night’s draw for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series, three-time defending champions Nigeria must await the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board for which of São Tomé & Príncipe and Mauritius would be the fourth team in their Group A series.
The Super Eagles already have a home match scheduled for the first week of June against Sierra Leone’s Leone Stars, who were also part of their qualifying group for the last AFCON tournament in Cameroon.
This time, the Eagles must negotiate a Group A which includes the Leone Stars as well as the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau, which the Eagles beat 2-0 in the group stage of the last final in Cameroon, thanks to goals from Sadiq Umar. and William Ekong.
Soff.com learned from CAF headquarters on Wednesday that Mauritius had an ongoing protest against São Tomé and Príncipe, who won their preliminary qualifying match, insisting that a São Tomé player had tested positive for COVID-19. São Tomé & Príncipe continues to dispute this claim.
“The case has become a bit more interesting because the player at the center of the controversy is the one who scored the only goal of the match,” our source said.
This means that after hosting Sierra Leone in Nigeria, the Super Eagles are expected to fly to Sao Tome or Port Louis for their matchday two encounter. The window for these two matches is from May 30 to June 14.