The kick-off time for the crucial AFCON 2017 qualifier between Nigeria and Egypt at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday has been moved by an hour, according to officials.
The match was originally fixed for 4pm local time, but it has now been shifted to 5pm as the home team have expressed concerns that the heat in the northern city of Kaduna could affect the Nigeria foreign-based players, who are just coming out of winter in Europe.
Coach Samson Siasia first raised this concerns when he took temporary charge of the team following the sudden exit of Sunday Oliseh last month.
Chelsea star Mikel said the heat in Kaduna could work against the Eagles, but the team will not use it as an excuse not to win on Friday.
“The weather is harsh, totally different from what we have abroad, it will affect us, but we can’t use that as an excuse on Friday,” he assured.

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