Nigeria’s Super Eagles are faced with the prospect of playing on woeful pitch at the Mahamasina Stadium, Antananarivo when they face Madagascar in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
The game will hold on September 4, but a preliminary inspection of the pitch by an advanced party found the turf in woeful condition.
Parts of the grass are not tended, with pockets in places of the pitch looking uneven and dangerously like pot-holes.
Nigeria head coach, Samson Siasia expressed shock at the conditions of the stadium in Antananarivo.
But Siasia said his men will adapt to the condition ahead of the game on September 4.
“This is a shocking sight. But we have no option but to play on this. At least we have seen it ahead of time so we know what we are going to be up against.
“We need to win this game, and this is the first thing the boys are going to see when they arrive at the camp.
“The Super Eagles are due to travel to Madagascar on Tuesday, giving them a full four days to familiarise themselves with the conditions, although they are only allowed to train on the match day pitch 24 hours to the game,” Siasia said.