The Nigeria Football Federation announced, Friday, that the international friendly against Ivory Coast initially scheduled for October has been cancelled.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are due to return to action next month since the COVID-19 outbreak in March forced the suspension of all football activities.
Ahead of the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers double header against Sierra Leone in November, the NFF agreed tune up games for Gernot Rohr’s side with two matches lined up; Ivory Coast and Tunisia in Austria.
@NGSuperEagles list of invited players for October friendly games vs #CIV and #Tunisia in Austria #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong pic.twitter.com/qfmeySVhHi
— The NFF
(@thenff) September 21, 2020
However, Five days after announcing the friendlies, Federation Ivorien Football opted out.
In a letter dated 22nd September and sent by the Ivorien Federation it cited “internal problems” as its reason for calling off the game between Les Éléphants and the Super Eagles, NFF stated on its website.
Both FAs have since named new opponents for the botched game. Nigeria is now scheduled to face African Champions Algeria on October 9 at the Jacques Lemans Arena.
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast will go up against World number one, Belgium, at the Roi Baudoin stadium on October 8.
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