By Johnny Edwards
The president of the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF), Carlos Chavez and executive secretary,Alberto Lozada have acknowledged the concerns of national team coach,Mauricio Soria over the March 26,2015 international exhibition game against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Akwa Ibom international stadium in Uyo.
The coach wanted a cancellation of the game because of the distance from Bolivia to Nigeria arguing that the team would lose four full days of practice and advised it would be btter to train for five days in La Paz (capital of Bolivia) with the possibility of playing a match against a South American country.
But the two FBF officials told the coach the federation is already committed to playing the game and have signed an agreement with the FIFA match agent which brokered the deal,warning of the financial consequences of terminating the agreement.
Although FBF president,Chavez assured the coach he would look for a way out and pointed at the political situation in Nigeria as a possible escape route.
“We’ll see how we can cancel the contract.I do not know if the political situation in Nigeria is delicate and this we will have to explore,’said Chavez who,according to El Diario newspaper has already contacted the match agent.
But Lozada is concerned about the financial consequence of not honouring an agreement and told the Journal Sports that the international friendly must hold.
‘Agreements are meant to be kept and the time limit for backing out is 48 hours after it has been signed.If we decide to enforce a cancellation then we will have to pay a hefty fine to Nigeria in addition to putting the image of the country at risk,’ said the executive secretary.
The NFF also issued a release last night trying to discredit Complete Sports report on the claims of coach Soria when,according to various newspaper reports in Bolivia the FBF officials have acknowledged the concerns and have given the federation’s official position.