NFF Seeks Respite For Oliseh

Due to the outcry surrounding his video rant, and his rejection of playing the AFCON qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna, the NFF are now seeking means to prevent a backlash on the Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh.

The NFF after inspecting the facilities of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium also reached out to prominent sons and daughters to canvass for full support for the Super Eagles who face seven-time African champions Egypt in an AFCON qualifier on March 23.

Oliseh had reportedly opposed the choice of Kaduna saying it was akin to playing “AWAY on a home soil”, and the football house feel it might haunt them if they do not wet the ground ahead of the match. “The NFF aside from making sure that the facilities are in place are also going on a PR mission to get massive support for the Eagles after reports that Oliseh favoured Port Harcourt over Kaduna for the match”, a reliable source informed yesterday.

It was gathered that the football house would also ensure a tighter security around Super Eagles coach because of recent developments. Assistant Director, (Media) and spokesman of NFF Ademola Olajire however laughed off beefing security around Oliseh for the match. “There will be adequate security for everybody at the stadium. I do not know of security for an individual”, Olajire said.

The Super Eagles are two points behind group leaders Egypt after two rounds of matches with only group winners guaranteed automatic qualification to the tournament in Gabon.

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NFF Insist On Kaduna For Nigeria Vs Egypt Nations Cup Qualifier

The Nigeria Football Federation has concluded plans to have a hitch free match at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna when the Super Eagles battle the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on March 23.

The football house says it is not planning to change the venue of the match despite indications that coach Sunday Oliseh wants the game to hold in Port Harcourt.

The clarification came from NFF Assistant Director, Media and Communication, Ademola Olajire on Thursday who stated clearly that the match will not be moved from the northern city.

“I want to tell you without mincing words that the Eagles versus Egypt match would take place in Kaduna and that is final as regards the venue of the match,” Olajire told reporters.

But when asked about coach’s request for the match to be played in Port Harcourt for easy connection of flights for the Super Eagles players coming from Europe, the NFF spokesman said the federation will not shift ground for the trainer.

“Well, what I can tell you is that the coach cannot tell the football federation where the match would be played. It is the prerogative of the NFF to pick match venues,” he said.