An inexperienced Nigeria side takes on Mexico in California on July 3, and the Super Eagles have more at stake than the empty fixture suggests.
It's been a goal fest for Nigerian players across Europe in 2021, and even the Nigerian domestic league has seen the net rattled aplenty in January.
The move bound to cause disarray given CAF deadline of Aug. 31 for federations to send in their inter-club representatives for the 2020/2021 season.
The NPFL still has 13 rounds of matches to play, and officials are now considering various options for concluding the season.
Many Super Eagles players have pitched in with donations of all kinds as their country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
Clubs will also ensure testing of all players, officials and staff prior to kickoff of games whenever the league resumes.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr gets a lot of heat for not picking home-based players, but evidence shows he does, and they often benefit greatly from it.
Gernot Rohr addresses criticism that he does not select enough Nigeria-based players, telling ESPN that the best players are simply all overseas.
Tambe was on a workout as part of a program arranged by club coaches during the coronavirus shutdown when he was accosted near his home.
Ekundayo Ojo and Abia Comets' Benjamin Iluyomade were released after "combined efforts of Enyimba Football Club and families of the players".
Enyimba midfielder Dayo Ojo was on Sunday abducted by unknown gunmen on his way home to Akure, in what turned to a dark day for Nigerian football.
Enyimba defender Stephen Egbe has described how the club's bus was attacked by armed robbers as they travelled home from a Nigerian league game.
Shutdown will affect all on-field activities, including the Nigeria Professional Football League, national teams and street football, the NFF said.
Nasarawa United defender Chineme Martins collapsed on the field during a Nigerian Premier League match on Sunday and he later died in hospital.
At least six people were injured when a bus belonging to Nigerian Premier League club FC Ifeanyi Ubah was attacked by armed individuals.
"The quality of players we had in the team then [was such that] everyone believed that each one of us would play in the senior national team."
While Aiteo Cup final weekend is upon Nigerian football, the talk is still on the Super Eagles' Afcon campaign and where the next stars are hiding.
Samad Kadiri was the match-winner for Lobi Stars, who emerged 1-0 winners against Enugu Rangers in the 2018 Nigeria Super Cup on Tuesday.
Kano Pillars took a big step towards a return to CAF club competition as they beat Enyimba 4-2 in a rescheduled Aiteo Cup quarter-final.
The Aiteo Cup round of 32 fixtures on Sunday produced further upsets, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Niger Tornadoes the latest big guns to exit.
KwesèESPN rounds up the 64 matches of the 2018 Aiteo Cup played across various centres on Sunday.
While the country heaves a sigh of relief at walking back from the precipice, the drama is by no means over. Long term solutions are needed.
Nigeria acknowledged a FIFA-approved appointee as the sole head of its national federation on Monday to avoid being banned by the governing body.
Nigeria's government contacted FIFA over the weekend in a last-ditch move to stave off a proposed suspension of the NFF.
The NFF Congress have extended an olive branch to Chris Giwa -- on the condition that he terminate his legal proceedings.
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