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Lagos doubtful Ethiopia, Nigeria match

Posted: 10 February 2011 Time: 15:38

Lagos has become a huge doubt to host next month's African Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia after a series of incidents marred Wednesday’s friendly match against Sierra Leone. 

Super Eagles players have also rejected the artificial turf, saying it hampered their play.

"We had a meeting with the players and they said they were not comfortable with the artifical turf," NFF executive committee member Christopher Green told

Kick-off was delayed for 20 minutes as heavy traffic meant both teams could not get to the match venue on time, the players struggled on the artificial turf and the attitude of the fans in booing the home team and setting off fireworks further compounded the situation.

At least four players complained of the turf after the game, and NFF officials are also said to be unhappy about certain areas of the organisation, including what a top official described as the 'secretive' nature of part of the organisation.

Wednesday's friendly was marked as a dress rehearsal for the key qualifier, but officials now say that is no longer a certainty "No decision has been made yet, but the Ethiopia match may not be held in Lagos.

"The board will have to meet and decide on that," Green said. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 03:44 pm
Lets give credit to our new rising striker in the Super Eagles who scored the second goal his name is Ehiogu just read his comment one week before the Nigeria-S.Leone Match, I think this guy learnt a lot from Siasia
posted: 03:49 pm
Ehiogu is our new sharp striker and that is what he learnt from Siasia, to be sharp and aggressive on goals, He did it at the friendlies and we will be watching out for him in future
Trouble Shooter
posted: 04:32 pm
Someone should please go to this site

Please download the video and post on so people in the USA can watch the video highlights of the match. Supersport does not allow people outside Africa to see the highlights.

Please help and let us know the link for the highlight.
Seye Ukr
posted: 06:35 pm
pls help get the highlight on youtube..plssssssssssss
posted: 06:37 pm
@ugonna,r u suffering from cataract. u seem 2 be obsessed with that name Ehiogu.well hes retired and has no relationship with Ekigho Ehiosun.its ppl like u who confuse nigeriens with nigerians.
posted: 08:57 pm
@Thank you for your stupidity, well the most important thing here is the message and not errors made in typing. Eshiogu, Ehiogu, Epiogu Ekeogu or what ever you said is the right spelling is not what interest anybody in this forum...we are in this forum to make contributions on how our football will grow and not to insult people on there typographic error
posted: 08:59 pm

Thank you for your stupidity, well the most important thing here is the message and not errors made in typing. Eshiogu, Ehiogu, Epiogu Ekeogu or what ever you said is the right spelling is not what interest anybody in this forum...we are in this forum to make contributions on how our football will grow and not to insult people on there typographic error
posted: 09:08 pm
Hehehehe, before when all this foreign players come home, they always complain of the bumpy and grass less pitches in Nigeria. Many times we play teams we ought to win but the eagles end up with a drab result, the field is often held responsible. Now its the artificial pitch.

The players had better start getting used to the artificial turf. I remember that Mozambique game in the last World cup qualifiers was played on the astro turf. Who knows if they might have to need such turfs again in the future qualifiers as FIFA is helping to build many of such places around with their GOAL PROJECT.

posted: 09:08 pm
The national team should have a fixed venue 2 play all their home games. In life u can't please everyone rotating where each game should be played.
posted: 09:09 pm
How do chinese respond when a goal is scored? Goaaaaaaal! Or what?
posted: 10:42 pm
One Observation I made from that Lagos Stadium is that the 1 minute silence made was a noisy one, I remembered a one minute silence made doring a champions league match at England despite the fact that the whole stadium was fiilled to capacity but it was as quiet as grave yard
posted: 11:07 pm
i believe the solution is simply let the nff introduce or better still have it pen down in their constitution a rotation of power to host d SE north and south viz a viz "a quota system" if it is in done in almost every sectors of Nigeria while not in football
Omo 9ja
posted: 11:26 pm
I think Lagos is the perfect place for Eagle's matches. Lagos is the origin of Super Eagle If they change the venue its won't help the situation at all.If they can bring back the national stadium to Lagos, forsure our team will be back to normal. God bless Nigeria!
posted: 11:30 pm
I don't understand this ridiculous excuse. Is it not the same artificial turf that the Sierra Leonans played? Did they complain? Were they not comfortable on the pitch? Didn't the Fifa U-17 final hold there on the artificial pitch? Did Ramon Azeez and Ojabu and co complain about the pitch?.

They want to run away from Lagos, period!!
posted: 04:42 am
@shijo, so we are both on the same page on this abi. That sounds good.

posted: 10:11 am
But Colin Udoh,You should try to see how you can be streaming matches on this site,KON is up to the standard to do it,It wont cost you nothing more than a web cam on your laptop and the deed is done.


posted: 11:05 am
Please can someone tell me...what happened to our National stadium,Lagos.
posted: 02:07 pm
Lagos gave birth to the Super Eagles so its good for SE to play their matches there but My only concern is the attitude of the fans. Lagos fans should adopt the 'never walk alone ' spirit. I remember the '96 Olympic team ; even when Nigeria was 1-3 down in the semi final, the fans still blew their trumpets , chanted, shouted and showed a 'never say die attitude' which propelled the dream team to make a remarkable comeback and win against a Brazilian team for that matter. I think Lagos fans should change their attitude. what you give out is what you receive, if you need patriotism from the players then you need to support them at all times...this is a natural law.
The word.
posted: 02:16 pm
Do they still call lagos stadium "national stadium" ? How many national stadium do we suppose to have? Abuja has stadium called national stadium and lagos also. Please can someone help me, is that normal or allowed?

Why our players complaining about the turf? If the visitor did not complained, which mean it is not bad. It will shameful if it the european based players that complained, and the home based did not.
posted: 04:21 pm
We have lost our identity, and it looks like tradition doesn't matter, money is the driver of the NFF decision. There is nothing like Lagos fans, like them or not, but when was the last time we lost or drew in Lagos, can someone pls answer that.
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