Christopher Green

Kaduna gets Ethiopia nod

Kaduna gets Ethiopia nod

Posted: 11 February 2011 Time: 02:33 pm

Kaduna will host next month's 2012 African Nations Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Ethiopia, officials have toldKickOffNigeria.com

The game on March 27 was originally scheduled to hold in Lagos, with Wednesday's friendly against Sierra Leone seen as a dress rehearsal for the qualifier, but a series of hiccups and players' complaints about the artificial turf has forced a change in thinking.

"The game will be played in Kaduna," NFF Executive Committee member Christopher Green told KickOffNigeria.com on Thursday.

"The executive committee will meet to ratify the decision but Lagos is definitely out."

It will be the first time the Super Eagles return up north, after the unhappy memories of playing Angola in a 2006 World Cup qualifier in Kano which they drew 1-1.

That result ultimately cost led to failure to qualify for the tournament. 

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 02:45 pm
i hope nff knows remembers to ask for a late kick off. we should remember that our boys are now oyinbos so should avoided exposing them to kaduna heat o. Angola/Kano experience is there.......
memy7&I
posted: 02:53 pm
wot happened to our NS in abuja why not play this very important game in abuja or calabar why kaduna of all places but am not surprise
Marvel
posted: 02:59 pm
I hope the NFF must have learned their lessons. Playing our games up north will definitely benefit the Ethiopians. Like @Chy said late kick-off should be the preferred option if it must be played there. This news if true means that Siasia must demand his boys to be in camp atleast three (3) days before the match. The temperature in some parts of Europe is in the minus and Kaduna must be over 36/38 degrees celsius. I wonder how these plays can adjust to such a huge change in a short time. Wish them luck.
Anonymous
posted: 03:03 pm
Are the admin people in beta position 2 determine wat suits d teams condition of play? or d technical staff? Let Siasia, his boys n aids determine dis themselves. Wats d insistence on kaduna about? We,v sn our useless administrators give advantage 2 angola in our own home. Our players com 4rm cold Europe 2 play in hot kaduna, wyl d ethiopians wld be happy 2 play in a geographically, culturally n evn religion friendly kaduna. Any1 who knws ethiopians, wld undastnd dey bear northern like names, dey look n accent like d northerners. Werein lies d Home advantage dats expectd? cos our own boys will b d alien ones. I personally dnt appreciate dis kaduna arrangement.
Anonymous
posted: 03:10 pm
This is a very nice dicision by the NFF. it's a shame that some people are still very primitive like those our fans in lagos. no match should be played there again for the next one decade.
Anonymous
posted: 03:11 pm
For goodness sake are we pleasing the Northerners or we are playing to qualify....i think NNF needs a business consultants to actually tell them wat to do...from all i see this is the voice of jacob and the hand of essau
Anonymous
posted: 03:18 pm
Well, Lagos fans are the people who threw banana to the monkey.
onezone
posted: 03:23 pm
why Kaduna? have they forgot so soon the experience of SE vs Angola match doing the qualifying to the Germany 2006 world cup? Europe is minus zero degree now and the highest degree is plus 5 degree,and we are taking them to Kaduna where the weather is around 40 degree.what happen to Calabar stadium? if the SE think they are not comfortable with the artificial turf.i hope the NFF know what they are doing,hope Siasia access the Kaduna pitch quickly, and see if it is suitable for the SE to play,and if not the match should be taking to somewhere else rather than that kind of harsh weather.
Anonymous
posted: 03:26 pm
For goodness sake are we pleasing the Northerners or we are playing to qualify....i think NFF need a business consultant to actually tell them wat to do...from all i see this is the voice of jacob and the hand of essau
Anonymous
posted: 03:33 pm
For goodness sake are we pleasing the Northerners or we are playing to qualify....i think NFF need a business consultant to actually tell them wat to do...from all i see this is the voice of jacob and the hand of essau
IKKALU
posted: 03:43 pm
why not Abuja or we go to PH, Kaduna is not good for this match look at geographical location of Ethiopia then you will understand.
Anonymous
posted: 03:56 pm
@chy u said it all. if nff can move d game becos of players' complaints about the artificial turf in lagos, th should also consider the temperature. nO EXCUSSES OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
onezone
posted: 04:01 pm
Since they are complaining about the turf in Lagos,and now the match has been moved to the North.i hope they come up with a positive result and if not,i rest my case till then.
Anonymous
posted: 04:03 pm
P/H is good
ohenhen1
posted: 04:15 pm
The Kaduna pitch is not the best out there, it is natural grass, but not in the best shape. Poor choice, would rather play in Calabar than Kaduna. Wasn't Maigari former chairman of Kadunna Utd.
Anonymous
posted: 04:30 pm
Why do Nigerians like complications in their lives? If Lagos has fallen out of favour, why not play the match in Abuja in order to avoid unnecessary excuses if things go wrong which I am not praying for?
Trouble Shooter
posted: 04:45 pm
Niger defeated the home based Eagles by 2-0. The match was played in Niger in a hot afternoon. The moronic and clueless NFF took the return match to Kano, which has a similar weather as Niger. Of course Niger felt at home and thus denied the Eagles qualification to the Nations Cup for home based players.

Now, why would the NFF not think of taking the match to a place that does not have the same weather as Niger e.g. Port Harcourt or Benin City? The answer is because they have their brains in their pockets.

Come March 27, 2011, Nigeria would once again host Ethiopia, which is coached by a Nigerian! The NFF wants the match played in Kaduna; how retarded are they. Kaduna is in the north and Ethiopia is in thehorn of Africa. Its climate is tropical monsoon with wide topographic-induced variation. Its Geographic coordinates is 8 00 N, 38 00 E. Kaduna State extends from the tropical grassland known as Guinea Savannah to the Sudan Savannah in the North Geographic coordinates is 10°30'N, 07°21'E.

Now when the Ethiopians come to town are they not going to feel comfortable playing in Kaduna? What happens to the stadia in Benin City with an Astro Turf, or Rivers State, Cross Rivers State. It is a good idea if the match is even played in the rain. Cant the NFF do everything possible to make life unbearable for the Ethiopians in the field of play.

The way things are going, I will not be surprised if the Ethiopians come to Nigeria and grab a draw! Remember what happened in Kano against Angola?

Forget the childishness of Lagos fans, it means they want total football and total victory. Play the match in Lagos if Benin City and Port Harcourt is not feasible (due to politics).

Its just my humble opinion
Trouble Shooter
posted: 04:45 pm
Niger defeated the home based Eagles by 2-0. The match was played in Niger in a hot afternoon. The moronic and clueless NFF took the return match to Kano, which has a similar weather as Niger. Of course Niger felt at home and thus denied the Eagles qualification to the Nations Cup for home based players. Now, why would the NFF not think of taking the match to a place that does not have the same weather as Niger e.g. Port Harcourt or Benin City? The answer is because they have their brains in their pockets.

Come March 27, 2011, Nigeria would once again host Ethiopia, which is coached by a Nigerian! The NFF wants the match played in Kaduna; how retarded are they. Kaduna is in the north and Ethiopia is in thehorn of Africa. Its climate is tropical monsoon with wide topographic-induced variation. Its Geographic coordinates is 8 00 N, 38 00 E. Kaduna State extends from the tropical grassland known as Guinea Savannah to the Sudan Savannah in the North Geographic coordinates is 10°30'N, 07°21'E.

Now when the Ethiopians come to town are they not going to feel comfortable playing in Kaduna? What happens to the stadia in Benin City with an Astro Turf, or Rivers State, Cross Rivers State. It is a good idea if the match is even played in the rain. Cant the NFF do everything possible to make life unbearable for the Ethiopians in the field of play.

The way things are going, I will not be surprised if the Ethiopians come to Nigeria and grab a draw! Remember what happened in Kano against Angola?

Forget the childishness of Lagos fans, it means they want total football and total victory. Play the match in Lagos if Benin City and Port Harcourt is not feasible (due to politics).

Its just my humble opinion
Anonymous
posted: 04:52 pm
he he he, dem done start again. Is kaduna weather not similar to ethiopia weather? Beside its still cold in europe now and most of our boys are based from Europe....... For many years now, the Super Eagles have become a first half team especially when playing in Africa..... NFF better think twice before we have a repeat of what happened in WC2006 qualifiers.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
elpressi
posted: 05:34 pm
I guess they're scared of what the outcome will be if they lose to Ethiopia in Lagos? muhahaha Fools!! We Lagosians don't take crap for granted...it's either you show up ready or die or simply don't come at all!! Victory and sexy football, that's all we ask for!! Not some sideways crap lol
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