Afcon 2021 qualifiers: NFF reveal plans for Super Eagles amid coronavirus fears

The country’s football authority has secured a chartered flight to convey invited players from their respective bases in Europe

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick said they are in close communication with the country’s Ministry of Health and the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) ahead of the Super Eagles’ upcoming fixtures against Sierra Leone.

Nigeria are scheduled to host the Leone Stars in Asaba for the first leg of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture on March 27 before travelling to Freetown for the return leg four days later.

The Covid-19 outbreak has left various competitions across the world on hold with several clubs undergoing self-isolation as a precautionary step to prevent the spread of the virus.

Caf has not changed its stance on upcoming Afcon qualifying matches across the continent with relatively few cases of coronavirus reported across Africa.

In reaction to global happenings, Pinnick revealed the federation has secured a chartered flight to fly invited Super Eagles players to Nigeria.

“We’ve already started to interface with the Federal Ministry of Health and the disease control unit and we are talking,” Pinnick told Brila FM.

“At the moment we have not monitored whether there is coronavirus in Sierra Leone.

“What we have done is we have already gotten a charter [so] we are going to reduce the number of people that will fly with the Super Eagles. We want to reduce as many contacts as possible.”

Nigeria sit at the summit of Group L after winning their first two games against Benin and Lesotho.