Nations/World Cup qualifiers
Why Eagles can’t play in Kaduna – Johnson
By Our reporter
Monday, April 30,  2012

Mikel

Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Security Committee, Effiong Johnson, says it will be impossible for the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna to play host to Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifying matches, owing to security threats in the Northern city.

The NFF Executive Committee will meet later this week in Abuja to decide which city gets its nod to host the Super Eagles and their opponents as the preliminary stage of the 2013 Nations Cup enters its second leg and the 2014 World Cup qualification phase begins.

An inspection team from the NFF last week took a look at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan and the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar in search of an alternative venue should Kaduna not pass the security test for the forthcoming matches.

But having witnessed series of bomb attacks in recent times, with the most recent occurring last Thursday, Johnson said he would be the first to vote against Kaduna when the issue comes up at the NFF board meeting.

“I don’t believe Kaduna will get it. Everybody knows the town is not safe. It is clear for all to see. I’ll personally vote against it when the matter comes up at the board meeting later in the week.

“Football keeps all of us together. It is important for us watch and enjoy matches in peaceful environments. As Security Committee chairman, I’ll not be party to putting the lives of players, officials and spectators in danger,” Johnson said.

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