The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has asked Journalist to stay away from Super Eagles versus Leone Stars of Sierra Leone Nation’s Cup qualifier match in Benin City, Edo state capital.
The country’s football body said their decision was after the Confederation of African Football has stated that no supporters would be allowed inside the match venue.
In the guidelines communicated to the Nigeria Football Federation, CAF instructed, under Media Operations, that there would be no mixed zone, virtual press conference only if possible (media officers from both teams only), and that only the TV channels with the rights will be allowed flash interviews. Also, only photographers of participating teams would be allowed at the match.
The above puts to rest all previous speculations regarding having spectators at the match venue, and whether members of the media would be allowed into the arena.
NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode, on Monday said only individuals accredited by the NFF would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for the Day 3 qualifier, which will kick off at 5pm Nigeria time.