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Super Eagles To Play AFCON 2019 Group B Matches In Africa’s Oldest Stadium

Super Eagles To Play AFCON 2019 Group B Matches In Africa’s Oldest Stadium

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will play their three Group B games of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt inside the oldest football ground in the continent, Alexandria Stadium, Completesports.com reports.

The Alexandria Stadium was built in 1929 and has a sitting capacity of 20,000.

It is home to Egyptian Premier League outfit, Al Ittihad, the third most popular club in the country after Al Ahly and Zamelek.

Smouha Sporting Club, another team that features in the Egyptian Premier League who are based in Alexandria also play their league matches on the ground occasionally.

The ground which hosted matches of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations was renovated in 2016.

The Super Eagles however have a bitter memory of the stadium, having lost their semi-final clash against Cote d’Ivoire at the ground in 2006.

Didier Drogba scored the decisive goal for the Elephants in the game.

Captain John Mikel Obi is the only member of the current Super Eagles team that featured in that game.

The Super Eagles will open their campaign against Burundi on Saturday June 22 at the Alexandria Stadium.

Gernot Rohr’s charges will also face Guinea and Madagascar on June 26 and June 30 respectively in their other Group B matches.

By Adeboye Amosu

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