A request to change the venue of Tuesday’s second round World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Swaziland has been turned down by FIFA.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) requested the match be played in Abuja as opposed to the initial venue of Adokiye Amasiamaka stadium in Port Harcourt for “logistical reasons”, but it was turned down by top officials in FIFA because the application was not received with 10 days allowed for such a request.
“The request failed because it was done within the 10-day window allowed for such a request,” an official disclosed.
The King’s Shield of Swaziland held the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a goalless draw in the first leg of the encounter in Lobambo.
The return leg will be played on Tuesday, November 17 in Port Harcourt..