–NFF plead to play Sudan in Calabar
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja.
The National Sports Commission (NSC) is insisting that the Super Eagles return to the Abuja National Stadium for their next home match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan next month.
Complete Sports gathered that the Nigeria Football Federation has been directed to inform CAF that all the remaining Super Eagles matches in the AFCON qualifiers will now hold in Abuja.
Sources revealed that the NSC irked by the negative publicity generated by the complaints of the bad pitch in Calabar, has directed the NFF to relocate all the Super Eagles matches to Abuja National stadium that boast of very good facility.
But the NFF are not comfortable with the order as they feel that the cost of executing matches in Abuja will be so weighty on them and the apathy of the fans in Abuja towards watching games at the stadium
“We don’t have money to prosecute Super Eagles games in Abuja because aside the fact that we are broke and more so, Abuja fans don’t turn up for games that much. There is also security challenge to confront with”, CS source said on condition of anonymity
He said that the Eagles games were played in Calabar because the state governor Liyel Imoke usually bankroll the matches and that the fans turn out in their large numbers to watch matches which does not happen in Abuja.
Undaunted by the directive of the NSC, the Cross Rivers State government has begun the process of getting the stadium back to shape in maintenance even as the NFF try to convince the NSC to allow the Super Eagles to play Sudan in Calabar next month.