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NFF denies choosing Port Harcourt for Eagles, Algeria game


Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied choosing the Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium as venue for the country’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria on November 7.

There were reports at the weekend that the federation has decided to use the Port Harcourt stadium for the game following assurances by the Rivers State government.

The Eagles last competitive game against Tanzania was played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, which many tipped to host the match against the Desert Foxes of Algeria until the latest report on Saturday.

However, NFF Deputy Director, Media, Ademola Olajire, who was at the M.K.O Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, to watch Enugu Rangers become Nigeria’s new league champions, said the federation has not contemplated changing the venue.

He rather affirmed, “Eagles will meet Algerians at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo. If there is any change of plans the information will come from the NFF.

“The NFF didn’t write any letter to the Rivers State government as we have already concluded on the choice of Uyo for the game.”

Many Super Eagles’ players complained about the poor state of the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, when Nigeria hosted Tanzania at the venue, also known as Nest of Champions, in an African Nations Cup qualifier. But the Akwa Ibom government promised to fix the pitch before the team’s next game.

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