Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has rejected Super Eagles’ venue for their 2019 crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya, the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna saying the stadium does not meet the standard for such a match.
According to him, the pitch of the Kaduna Stadium is not good enough and does not want anything that will impede on his players’ game when they file out against their opponent next week Friday and as a result has demanded that the match be taken to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo which has serviced as their home ground before now.
With Rohr’s position on the Kaduna Stadium, the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation led by newly reelected President Amaju Melvin Pinnick will have no alternative than to move the match to the magnificent Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
It is recalled that before the Franco-German football tactician made the pronouncement, he had embarked on the inspection of the stadium and based on his on the spot assessment of the facility, he passed the judgment that the turf was not good enough for such an important game.
Before the decision was made Rohr had embarked on two different inspections and was convinced that there is need to move the match to a good pitch and that good pitch is no other place than the Nest of Champions in Uyo, built by former governor of the state, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Uyo has been the Super Eagles home in recent years although their last match in Nigeria was played at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
It is still a puzzle that Uyo, which has been the home of the nation’s flagship team, was not considered before taking it to Kaduna.
The Oracle Today Sports investigation showed that the pitch at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium is back in good condition after it suffered a tear-up in the wake of a political rally.
We also gathered that the NFF have reached a verbal agreement with the Akwa Ibom State Government for the use of the stadium and have equally written a letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to inform them of the change in plan.
It is noted that after two games played so far in the qualifiers for AFCON 2019, the Super Eagles are third in Group E following a shock 0-2 loss at home against South Africa in 2017, while they beat Seychelles away 3-0 in their second game.
Meanwhile, Gernot Rohr is release the list of the players that will prosecute this all important 2019 AFCON match against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya this week. It is expected that those senior players who missed out of the game against Seychelles like the team’s captain, John Obi Mikel, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, and Shehu Abdullahi will find their way back to the team as no stone will be left unturned in Eagles’ quest to land in Cameroon all things being equal.