The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has strengthened preparations for the all-important 2018 World Cup qualifiers between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo on October 7.
Speaking to AOIFootball.com in Abuja, the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Sanusi Mohammed, said that the NFF are not leaving any stone unturned as the countdown to the match gets closer.
“The preparation for the match is ongoing, we have created an enabling environment and all logistics have been put in place. We at the NFF, on our part, cannot afford to fail millions of Nigerians; we must deliver to Nigerians all 3 points,” Sanusi said.
He also added that it’s very irresponsible for fans and critics of the NFF to insinuate that the football body is not taking the match as serious as the Zambians.
“I don’t think it’s correct to say nothing is happening; you know the chunk of our players are foreign-based and there are regulations governing the release of these players to the national teams.
“It’s also our joy that our players are playing regularly in their clubs abroad with few of them getting on the score sheet over the weekend.”
He also posited that the NFF trusts Gernot Rohr to come out with the best legs to prosecute the game come next month.
“The coach will come up with his list soon and I know he knows what to do. He is a tactician and an administrator so he knows what to do.”
“I don’t think there is any reason for anybody to entertain any fear. The people of Akwa Ibom are very hospitable and they have demonstrated that in the past.The team loves to play in Uyo; they are happy with the hospitality of the people of Akwa Ibom, so I can assure Nigerians that there will be no reason for security challenges,” assured Sanusi.
Nigeria will host Zambia in Uyo on October the 7th, needing just one point to seal qualification to the World Cup in Russia next year.