NFF TO SEEK FG'S ADVICE OVER KADUNA
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will seek advice from the Federal Government over the venue of the upcoming World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches of the Super Eagles.
The Super Eagles had been scheduled to face Namibia on June 3 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna and Rwanda on the weekend of June 15 and 17 at the same venue but a series of bomb attacks in that city raised uncertainty about the suitability of Kaduna to host such high profile games.
NFF officials quickly visited the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, (Ibadan), Dan Anyiam Stadium (Owerri) and the UJ Esuene Stadium (Calabar) on inspection visits as speculation grew rife that the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna could still be a possible venue for the games.
The NFF has now declared that no decision has been made in that regard with deliberations with the government planned 'to decide on the way forward.'
Chairman of the NFF's technical committee, Barrister Chris Green explained that the issue of security was a sensitive one which would require extensive and exhaustive amounts of consultations and deliberations before a decision is taken on the issue.
'The NFF can't just decide on an issue with this because this is an issue of security. Obviously, we will be consulting the Federal Government on this because the issue of security was a sensitive one which would require extensive and exhaustive amounts of consultations and deliberations before a decision is taken on the issue,' Green told SuperSport.com.
Spokesman of the NFF, Ademola Olajire also confirmed that the federation was yet to reach a decision on the issue.
'We (NFF) have yet to reach a decision on the issue but I can confirm that we will soon come out with a decision,' Olajire said.
The Super Eagles defeated reigning African champions, Zambia 2-0 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna in a friendly international on November 15, 2011.