Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have come out with an explanation of reasons behind the decision to insist on Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba for the Super Eagles international friendly against Egypt, and it is mostly about comfort for the players, as promised by Delta State government.
In contrast with an objection by Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr that the Asaba pitch is not good enough for such a top-grade game, the NFF echelons have pointed out that the host state will lavish juicy welfare packages on the team.
The Glasshouse top shots stressed that funding is a major part of staging high-profile matches and, since the Delta State government has already promised to fete the players and accord similar treatment to the visitors from Egypt, there is no better alternative readily available to lean on.
A credible source explained further another trapping that motivated the NFF’s choice of Asaba is that the hosts will also provide attractions for soccer fans, as they aim to make everyone who turns up for the match enjoy the game and atmosphere.
The suggestion now is that the March 26th game between the Eagles and Pharaohs will have better trappings to it than what was seen in the Aiteo Cup final and the international friendly against Uganda, which both also took place at Stephen Keshi Stadium.