Lagos - All the venues being proposed for home matches by clubs
representing Nigeria in African competitions this year will be inspected by
officials of the Nigeria Football Federation.
This was the agreement reached at the end of a meeting of
NFF officials and officials of the four Clubs (Rangers International, Rivers
United, FC IfeanyiUbah and Wikki Tourists) at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja on
Deliberations centred on match venues, stadium readiness,
team preparation, team travel and accommodation, logistics, match officials
travel and accommodation, communication with NFF and officials of the
opposition team, safety, security and medical provisions.
NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode briefed
officials of the four clubs on requirements of the Confederation of African
Football, and harped on the importance of being fully prepared in all the noted
areas in order not to attract avoidable sanctions and unpleasant experience
during their campaigns.
NPFL champions Rangers International will fly the country’s
flag in the CAF Champions League alongside second –placed Rivers United, while
Federation Cup winners FC IfeanyiUbah and League third place –finishers Wikki
Tourists will campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Flying Antelopes propose to make use of the 25,000
–capacity Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium (The Cathedral) for their home matches, with
Rivers United opting for the Yakubu Gowon Stadium (16,000 capacity) in Port
Harcourt and Wikki Tourists decided on the 18,000 –capacity Abubakar Tafawa
Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.
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FC IfeanyiUbah, nicknamed Anambra Warriors and the only
privately –owned Club among the four, will host home matches at the 17,000
–capacity IfeanyiUbah International Stadium, Nnewi.
Oyeyode noted that none of the four stadia had been
previously homologated by the Confederation of African Football, hence the need
for NFF to inspect the venues well ahead of the African competitions.
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Bauchi State, Hon.
Ibrahim Madaki Sale led the Wikki Tourists delegation, which also included
Director of Sports Lawal Garba, Bauchi FA chairman Yahuza Adamu Ningi, Chairman
of Wikki FC Isa Musa Matori and FA secretary Ibrahim Garba. Enugu FA chairman
Chidi Ofo Okenwa led the Rangers’ delegation that also had Rangers Ag. Chairman
Steve Oruruo and Amobi Ezeaku.
Vice chairman of Anambra FA, Barr. J. B. C. Obikwelu and FC
IfeanyiUbah team manager Igwe Jonathan stood in for the Anambra Warriors, while
Rivers State FA secretary Ibigoni Benjamin-Akobo represented Rivers United.
The first leg, first round of this year’s African club
competitions will take place on the weekend of 9th – 11th February. For
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