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Eagles’ Match Venue: NFF Fires Back At Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh may have his opinion on where he prefers as venue for home matches involving the national soccer team, but the choice of where the Super Eagles play their games would not be influenced by sentiments, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has declared.

Oliseh, a former Nigeria captain had few days ago decried what he described as low competition for shirts in the current national team set up, adding that not playing at a venue like the National Stadium in Lagos, where pressure from fans accounted for Nigeria’s successes in the past, contributed largely to the recent dip-in-fortunes.

But reacting to Oliseh’s comments, the 1st vice-president of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, identified several factors the soccer body takes into consideration before venues for games are selected. “We have to consider the suitability of the venues,” he said.

“Sometimes the Stadia we’ve been asked to use aren’t even suitable before these games. “We have to consider finance, consider ability to host, it’s a plethora of things; we even have to consider the climate.

These are a few of the things we look at before picking a venue for a game.” “We understand Oliseh has played football and is entitled to his views but he’s just one Nigerian like I am.

Things are done gradually; nothing is cast in stone. So it might be that come next year we spread these games to a number of venues we’ve never been to,” Akinwunmi added.

  • Alhajivinco

    Of course he is entitled to his opinion. But his opinion makes considerable sense and should not be dismissed offhandedly as Nigerian officials who think they know it all are won’t to do.

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