NFF raises security alarm in Rwanda
By ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja
Friday February 24, 2012

Embattled Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has disclosed that the federation has received unpalatable reports from the advance party sent to Rwanda for the Nations Cup tie against the Amavubi Stars over the poor state of the stadium, Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali.

The General Secretary of the federation, Barrister Musa Amadu, who raised the security alarm while fielding questions from the media at the Glass House yesterday, lamented that apart that apart from the poor perimeter fencing, the stadium lacks proper sitting arrangements.

Coming sort of admitting that the federation would take up the security concern with higher football governing body, the Glass House chief scribe, however, emphasised that the federation would wait for further information from the advance party on the possibility of rejecting or accepting the venue.

“The advance team arrived early Thursday morning. They have gone to Rwanda FA to register their presence and they have equally gone to see the facilities in the Stade Regional Nyamirambo Kigali. Of course, they have confirmed that it is going to be an artificial turf, but it is a much smaller stadium from the one originally slated for the game. “I do understand that there are a lot of security challenges. We have to be absolutely certain that the stadium is going be safe for our players, officials and every other person accompanying the team, but we are still waiting for more information from them. “From the report, we understand that the perimeter fencing was nothing to write home about and certain places on the stand is just empty without sitting arrangements. As I said, we have to wait and see if the situation will become clearer.
“If there is any reason for us to report the matter, we will.

If the stadium is secured enough for us to play the game, we will play but the most important thing is to come out from Kigali with a good result which we want to consolidate upon in June,” he noted.

Speaking further on the build-up to the match, Barrister Amadu, said: “I do also understand that the Nigerian Ambassador to Uganda, who is also overseeing the Republic of Rwanda, has sent his own an advance party to Kigali.

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