The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will next week undertake final inspection, to ascertain the readiness of the Uyo Nest of Champions to host the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Desert Warriors of Algeria next month.
General Secretary of the soccer federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, who made the disclosure in a chat with Daily Sunsports at the Glass House yesterday also revealed that an Algerian advance party was recently in Nigeria to inspect the stadium and make other logistics arrangements for their team.
His words: “I will start by saying that immediately after the match against Tanzania, NFF wrote a letter to the Akwa-Ibom State Government, making observations on the nature of the playing turf and the stadium facilities generally. They immediately swung into action and as I am talking to you, they are working on the pitch and equally addressing other observations made.
“Our team visited the stadium a fortnight ago and they were supposed to travel again to Uyo today (yesterday) but due to some logistics the trip has been postponed till next week. So, as far as logistics for the match are concerned, we are getting ready. The Akwa Ibom State government is on top of the situation.
“Every arrangement is falling in place. The security committee is mapping out strategies for us to have a hitch free match. They have done a lot to ensure that we have a flawless security arrangement.”
“On the part of the players coming, the coach has the exclusive mandate to invite whoever he wants and I believe he will soon send his list to the NFF for scrutiny.”
It will help us send the invitations to the players coming for the match.
“We have already started sensitising Nigerians informing all of them that they are important as far as this game is concerned. We cannot do it alone and that is why we are soliciting for the cooperation of all Nigerians. We have enjoyed their patronage and want them to continue supporting us.
“Let me also inform you that the Algeria advance party was in Nigeria to make arrangements for the visiting team. The delegation inspected the accommodation, the stadium and other logistics,” Dr Sanusi noted.