–Says it will be difficult for Eagles to get crowd in Abuja
Dr. Sam Iheanacho, University of Calabar (UNICAL) Director of Sports, has faulted the recent directive by the National Sports Commission (NSC) that subsequent Super Eagles matches should be played in Abuja.
The Associate Professor at the institution’s department of Human Kinetics and Physical Education was of the view that the national team is well at home in Calabar despite their 2-1 loss to Congo Brazzaville in 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, saying sporting authorities must be mind security challenges befuddling the country at present.
“Personally, I don’t agree with the NSC over the proposed movement of Super Eagles matches from Calabar to Lagos for obvious reasons,” stated Iheanacho.
“Why on earth matches should be moved to Abuja when we know that the fans are not usually there.
“It would be more difficult even now to have a large turnout of spectators in Abuja in the wave of recent terrorist attacks over there and how do we expect the players to give their best under fear? ,“ he asked.
Iheanacho said the NSC should by and large, appreciate the concerted efforts of the government and people of Cross River State especially that of Governor Liyel Imoke to the development of Nigerian football, insisting that the country risk non qualification for the 2015 AFCON if care is not taken.
“Have the NSC forgotten so soon the role played by Governor Liyel Imoke towards Super Eagles qualification for the 2013 AFCON which they won in South Africa? Iheanacho asked rhetorically?” The players are used to Calabar because they get good support from the government and the people of the state.”