The Confederation of African Football ( CAF) has approved 2019 AFCON Qualifiers scheduled for March to be shifted. President of the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) Amaju Pinnick submitted a request to that effect. Pinnick submitted the request to the board arguing that the window should be used by African teams preparing for the World Cup
2018 in Russia to play friendly games. He argued that since the African Cup of Nations is to hold in 2019, it’s only logical for CAF to move the qualifiers till November, which is after the World Cup next year to allow teams focus on their campaign at the World Cup.
Nigeria were originally billed to take on Seychelles, but they will now use the window to organise at least two friendly games to keep the Super Eagles in shape ahead of the World Cup 2018 in Russia.