Nigeria is the first of five African countries to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

And while the likes of England had already booked two friendlies against Italy and Netherlands for the next FIFA window in March, African teams will be using the period to play qualifiers for AFCON 2019.

The Super Eagles are slated to play against Seychelles in March 2018, an opposition that will not be strong enough for Nigeria in terms of World Cup preparation.

But Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick has proposed to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to excuse the five teams going to the World Cup, from playing the AFCON 2019 qualifiers in March.

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According to Pinnick, this will enable Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia to arrange quality friendlies in the March FIFA window ahead of the World Cup that kicks off in June.

NFF media officer Toyin Ibitoye said CAF will soon meet to take a decision on the proposal.

"In the few days CAF will meet to deliberate a proposal by the NFF president on using the FIFA window in March for the World Cup flag bearers to play friendly matches ahead of Russia 2018," he said.

If CAF approves the proposal, the NFF will announce a quality friendly for the Super Eagles after the World Cup draw scheduled for December 1.

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