Nigeria plays all AFCON group stage matches in Garoua; all you need to know about Garoua
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to play in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2022) in Cameroon. The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is the Nations’ Cup for countries in Africa who qualify for the tournament after going through a series of qualifying matches.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria qualified for the Nations’ Cup after coming top of the group that included Lesotho, Benin, and Sierra Leone. Nigeria played against Serra Leone in two different qualifying series. These were at AFCON 2022 qualifiers and FIFA World Cup (Qatar 2022). On both occasions, Nigeria has done well.
Nigeria qualified for the knock-out stage. As a result of this, Nigeria will face its next African opponent. This will finally qualify them for the FIFA World Cup (Qatar 2022). The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will decide on the next opponent in January 2022.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are in Group D and this group involves Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau. Nigerians hopes are high that the national team will qualify for the next stage of the competition.
So, where will Nigeria be playing their group stage matches in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2022)?
Nigeria will be playing all their group stage matches in Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua. Garoua is situated in the Northern Region of Cameroon and serves as the capital city of the region. Garoua lies on the Benue River and serves as the gateway to Benue National Park. The major occupation in Garoua is cotton farming. The city has approximately 836,899 inhabitants according to Wikipedia. Roumdé Adjia Stadium is the home turf for the Cameroonian club side, Cotonsport Garoua. The stadium capacity is 30,000. However, the maximum attendance ever was 18,000 spectators.
Weather condition at Garoua
Garoua has a tropical savanna climate. The average temperature in Garoua ranges from 26.0 °C (78.8 °F) in January to 33.0 °C (91.4 °F) in April. The implication of this is that, as at the time the Nations’ Cup will kick-start, the weather will be harsh. Surprisingly enough, The distance between Nigeria and Garoua is 593 km by water, which means that people staying in Adamawa and its environs can cross the river to watch all live matches at Garoua.
Nonetheless, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be playing their first match of the tournament on the 11th of January, 2022 against The Pharaohs of Egypt. A match against Sudan follows on the 15th and the final match will be against Guinea-Bissau. Both teams will lock horns on the 19th of January, 2022.
Hope for the Super Eagles
Having relatively known opponents in Egypt and Sudan, who are from the Northern side of the continent, it is believed that Nigeria should thrive. This is owing to the related weather condition and the Garoua atmosphere, which is closely related to that of the West Africa giant. Additionally, playing in Cameroon should be seen as playing on home soil due to the historical relationship between Nigeria and Cameroon.
It should be borne in mind that when Nigeria hosted the Nations’ Cup in the year 2000, Cameroon won it. Thus, it is a time to return the favor. We hope that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will do the country proud on their sister nation’s ground.
Good luck to Nigerians, good luck to Super Eagles.
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