The Rivers State government has agreed to stage a 2018 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Algeria in Port Harcourt in November, officials have disclosed.
The game is slated for the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on November 7 after earlier reports suggested the game will be played in Uyo, which hosted a recent AFCON qualifier against Tanzania.
It will be the second 2018 World Cup qualifier involving both countries as Nigeria will face Zambia in Ndola on October 9, 2016 while Algeria and Cameroun go toe-to-toe the same day in Blida.
Rivers State Commissioner of sport Boma Iyaye said Port Harcourt is ready to play the perfect host ahead of the big fixture. “Rivers State is ready to play the perfect host to the Super Eagles and the international community ahead of this important game,” he said.
“The Super Eagles and Olympic football team have played competitive and friendly matches here in Port Harcourt in the past so this is not novelty in any way. It is the utmost desire of the Rivers State Government to support the Super Eagles to ensure qualification for the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals in Russia.”