Confusion trails Angola Afcon warm-up


LUANDA — Confusion has persisted over where an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) warm-up match between Angola and Nigeria will be played tomorrow.

“Both countries will now reach an agreement on the venue for this match on Monday after some developments over the weekend,” an official simply informed

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had agreed to have the match played in neighbouring Cotonou, Benin Republic, so as to beat a planned nationwide strike by the country’s labour union in protest over hikes in fuel prices.

However, the NFF had since received a directive from the government that the game be played in Nigeria.

The NFF have thus offered for the match to be played in Ijebu-Ode, near Abeokuta, but Angola have insisted the friendly be played in Abuja, probably now concerned about their safety.

The Super Eagles were to have hit Cotonou by road Sunday and then play the match tomorrow and thereafter fly out to Monrovia, Liberia, for another test game.

Nigeria are using these games to prepare for a 2013 Afcon qualifier in Rwanda on February 29.