Rohr Wants Super Eagles’ Return To Uyo For Seychelles Clash

Rohr Wants Super Eagles’ Return To Uyo For Seychelles Clash

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
If Gernot Rohr has his way, the Super Eagles will play their last 2019 AFCON qualifying match against Seychelles in Uyo instead of Asaba that has hosted recent national team games, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

CSN scooped that Rohr has told his bosses at the Nigeria Football Federation that he would want the Super Eagles to return to the Akwa Ibom International Stadium , Uyo that has become their fortress since 2016.

“It is not as if the Stephen Keshi Stadium is not good or that we did not enjoy our training and camping in Asaba. We enjoyed every bit of our stay here. The government and people were wonderful and we appreciate their support on and outside the pitch, but we need to return to a place we are used to in Uyo

“If I get the backing of the president and his executive, we hope to play Seychelles in Uyo, but if they insist it has to be played in Asaba, we won’t say no. But the truth is that the Asaba stadium is not big enough to accommodate our teeming fans on match days,” Rohr reportedly told an NFF source.


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The Super Eagles will play Seychelles in a dead rubber game in March 2019 as Nigeria have already qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon with a game in hand.

COMMENTS

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  • Bomboy 3 weeks ago

    It’s a dead rubber game. No big deal if you have to play it on the play ground in my village square. Eyes on the AFCON trophy sir.

  • Not only Rohr oo, me too I don’t like that Asaba stadium very much – at least from a TV viewing perspective. Although I’m Deltan too, abeg Okowa should stop using paddy level with Delta man Pinnick to bring SE to Asaba.

    I may not be 100% right, but the camera coverage for TV transmission at the Asaba stadium is inadequate. The overview/aerial cameras are not installed yet, which means on TV, matches there are only filmed and watched from a side view, thereby dilutting the pleasure and 360% view of people seeing from a TV. The Uyo stadium is complete in that regard. The fields just needs maintenance.

    Besides, Uganda came playing gutsy, rough, I-no-go-gree football and the untrimmed Asaba playing pitch suited that style perfectly. The grass level is too high and does not let the ball move quickly and smoothly, which suits mostly foreign-based SE players best. Even the newly opened Enyimba stadium is better in that regard, just smaller. Okowa seemed to have focused more on the race tracks, since it hosted the African Athletics championship not long ago.

    So Uyo it is please. Let’s be able to better assess the fringe and younger SE players who will likely execute the Seychelles match.

    • Well pontificated. I thought I was the only one who detested the poor coverage and viewing quality on display against Uganda. It was an eye-sore and we aren’t looking forward to a repeat of that debacle.

  • Please NFF should allow Super Eagles to go back to the nest of champions in Uyo, I am not comfortable with Asaba Stadium, during the match against Uganda, look at how dirty the SE looked, as if they were playing in the mud, pls let them go back to Uyo.

  • Dotun 3 weeks ago

    @kel God bless your darling heart, you spoke my mind. Seychelles match is not dead rubber because it is crucial to our preparation for afcon. Besides if we fail to defeat sechelles and s/Africa beats Libya then we go to second and qualify as runner-up. And I know that the pitch in Asana will suit sechelles very well

  • akanimoh 3 weeks ago

    I do not like the politics Nff is playing
    with the poor camera view in Asaba I hated that match worst Nigeria match I have watched in a long time
    pls back to uyo oh

  • oyobos are not us.. speak the truth always… we like to play hide and seek game…nff must stop politics in our national games

  • What is it with the preponderance of poor stadia/pitches in Nigeria? What is our problem in this country? At this rate, can we conveniently host a global football tourney of note?
    What has happened to the National Stadium, Abuja that was commissioned with pomp and allure for example?
    Does Lagos State still have any stadium of repute?
    Also, we should start discountenacing astro turfs in our stadia.Good natural grass is it please! I learnt the Governor of Lagos State is trying to renovate the National Stadium,Surulere and laying astro turf on the football pitch. This is a no no please!
    Most of our stadia are eye-sores, from the bad pitches to roofless stands:no pavilions.

  • Why nnf they change match venue all the time leave this team for one place uyo is home gor them already leave them dere. pininck want let people start to hate am . England home ground is Wembley france home ground is stade de france paris why eagles own they change pininck take your time pls stop playing politics with our national team pls.is me frank we meet in france during the frindly game between nigeria vs togo last year may

    • It’s a shame that we have TWO national stadiums but neither are in a fit state to host the national team. National stadium surulere and national stadium Abuja.

      Whilst there is nothing wrong in playing outside of the national stadium from time to time so that fans across the country have the chance to see the matches without having to travel thousands of kilometres, I do think that we should have one or two standard stadiums that we regard as our fortress for key matches.

      Same way England have Wembley but may decide to play a match in Manchester or Newcastle for the same reason..

      With all the money the NFF makes from sponsorship, with the budget that the sports ministry has, we should be able to maintain at least one national stadium