Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa says they will go out for an outright win over Sierra Leone, after the team’s players and officials tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday.
The three-time African champions battle their fellow West Africans at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City for a place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday (today).
According to a statement from the Nigeria Football Federation, the COVID-19 tests conducted on players and officials of the team returned negative on Thursday evening, further lifting team spirit ahead of Day 3 of the qualification series.
It is the third time in a few weeks that the entire Eagles delegation would turn in negative results for the dreaded COVID-19, following earlier tests and results ahead of the international friendly matches against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria last month.
“This is great news. Now, let us go out there on Friday and get the three points,” Musa was quoted as saying by the media department of the NFF.
Group L leaders Nigeria will earn a place at the AFCON finals in Cameroon if they win on Friday, and also get the better of the Leone Stars in Tuesday’s reverse fixture at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.
The NFF confirmed on Thursday that the Eagles delegation to the return match in Freetown will travel aboard a chartered flight to the Sierra Leonean capital on Monday, and fly back to Abuja immediately after the game.