The Confederation of African Football has published the list of eligible stadiums for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Only two stadiums have been approved in Nigeria, the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja and the Goodswil Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.
Of the 48 participating nations, 24 do not have sanctioned stadiums, meaning they have to play on neutral grounds perhaps outside or within their homes.
Egypt has the highest number of approved stadiums with 6, followed by Algeria and Morocco with five approved stadiums each.
Qualifying games are scheduled to resume in March 2023 and the Nigerian Super Eagles stayed top of Group B with a maximum of 6 points from two games.
Recall that Agence France-Presse earlier published that the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 qualifiers earlier scheduled for September 2022 were postponed to March 2023, in a bid to help the continent’s teams prepare for the World Cup in Qatar.
The decision to postpone the qualifiers was softened when the finals, scheduled for June-July 2023 in Côte d’Ivoire, were postponed to early 2024 to avoid the rainy season.
The document, addressed to members of the African Football Confederation Executive Committee and accessed by Agence France-Presse, says that “the postponement of the Nations Cup represents an opportunity to reschedule the qualifiers. It also allows the setting of dates for International friendlies in September in preparation for the World Cup.”