Nigeria will pick up a symbolic addition to their psyche for qualifying for Cameroon 2019, as their match on Tuesday will be played at Stade Taïeb Mhiri, which hosted some matches of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia.
Incidentally, Nigeria won their last group match of the year’s AFCON in Sfax, with a 2-1 victory against Benin Republic on February 4, 2004, with goals from John Chukwudi Utaka and Garba ‘Chindo’ Lawal, while former Julius Berger FC of Lagos striker, Moussa Latounji scored for The Squirrels, in front of 15,000 spectators and art the centre was referee Essam Abd El Fatah from Egypt.
This time out, though, Nigeria will be guests of Libya in Tuesday’s second leg of their AFCON 2019 back-to-back qualifiers, with the game billed to hold at the multi-purpose stadium in Sfax, Tunisia.
Footballlive.ng checks reveal that the arena is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of top Tunisian club, Club Sportif Sfaxien, who have a strong tradition of Nigerian players starring in their team.
Built in 1938, the stadium, which was named after a Tunisian politician and minister, Taïeb Mhiri, has an official capacity for 18,000 spectators.
The stadium, located on Route de l’Aéroport, Kilomètre 4, has an all-grass surface, which should be very conducive for the velvety skills and touches of Nigeria’s players.