President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari has
insisted that the city of Calabar, capital of Cross River State is
indeed very safe, and has always been very safe, for international
matches of all the various National Teams.
Speaking at a brief interactive session with members of the Sports
Writers Association of Nigeria, FCT chapter, on Wednesday afternoon,
Maigari applauded the efforts of Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River
State and his administration in hosting the Super Eagles and the U-17
National Team, Golden Eaglets in their various competitive
international matches for the past one-and-half years.
“The Government and people of Cross River State deserve nothing but
high commendation for their generosity and hospitality. They have
continued to be good and great hosts for the Super Eagles and the
“On our part, the NFF has perfected all arrangements to host a
hitch-free World Cup qualifying match, and we are assuring the
Government and people of Nigeria that our Super Eagles are adequately
prepared to achieve victory against Malawi on Saturday,” said Maigari.
Nigeria need only a draw in Saturday’s clash at the U. J. Esuene
Stadium to progress into the 10-team final elimination round of the
African series for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.