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Why Is Super Eagle Playing In Abuja?

All over the world, football is a big business I am still not convince about  the reason of hosting Super Eagle home matches in Abuja, because all you see are empty seats. Nigerian are passionate about their team, why not play this matches in Warri, Lagos, Kano or Calabar where the real football fans can support the team without being beg to come to the stadium? Are the people in charge of the football administration trying to satisfy the politician in Abuja by playing in an empty stadium?

It's absurd to watch on TV and see Madam re-branding and IG Okiro urging people to come and support the super Eagle. NFF, please return football back to the people of Nigeria instead of playing in an empty stadium.

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He had good reasons that FIFA which entrusted the match to him would have gladly commended. The Abuja stadium is a 60,000 capacity stadium. On Sunday, more than 65,000 found their way into the stadium. It was a security risk.

The crowd control was, as usual, poor. This time, it was not because the police could not control the crowd already inside the stadium but simply because more than the stadium capacity were allowed in, a question for those who printed and managed ticket sales. There were ugly scenes and Yeboah felt that it was not safe to start the match.

Things normalized a little bit and I saw that they would not get out of hand.”

People jumped parameter fences to get vintage positions. Outside the stadium was also bad. As usual, little was done to control traffic on the routes leading to the stadium. Vehicles jammed up in the chaotic traffic and this even affected the Super Eagles whose bus was also stuck in the traffic. Coach Amodu Shuabu and Idah Peterside were forced to jump out to direct traffic at the time they were supposed to be at the dressing room.

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Rubbish!!!

Whats the difference between lagos and Rio? Rio is far worse still is going to host the 2014 world cup, before wembley was rebuilt, theirs was a campaign for the national stadium to be moved to birmingham which is more central, but they vetoed it that Wembley is the home of football, Moving the national stadium from Lagos to Abuja took away alot of passion from the supporters compared to the extremely charged passionate fans that visit surulere. Watching football fans at the abuja stadium reminds me of the typical fans you would find in the famous King fahd stadium in Saudi Arabia. At the end of the day hosting any major tournament, the city hosting the final sometimes swings it in favour of the eventual winner

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@poster,

all these other cities cannot provide enough security for the players and their coaches might anything go wrong.

lagos is the worst place u can think of when it comes to the eagles playing as they are very emotional about the game that anything short of winning is not part of their bargain.

on the other hand, man u can play madrid without our players so they shld learn to come with their own spectetors.

abuja stadium yesterday was full to the brim.

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you have to consider the other teams too!

some teams wont do anything apart from Abuja, knowing the security and transport problems in the country!

Have you noticed most of nigeria's friendly is being played outside the shores of nigeria?

going to naija is a chore to some teams

Will Man Utd, portmouth really want to go to Calabar or anywhere in the South South-East, even their embassy wont allow them

these people know how to hide under health and safety!

the problem with the man utd game was just poor marketing and secondly the organisers

didnt know they could pull it off, imagine they were still working out who is going to play who tw oday to the event

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@cristilz

so are you going to watch the match at the stadium or not?

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who can ever forget the Man utd Portsmouth match they played last year over there, i thought i was going to see a stadium packed to the brim, but i was very surprised when i saw the very scanty audience on tv. i dont think the Abuja folks that didn't turn up for a top flight premiership match will be keen on going for a drab Nigeria-Kenya match. . . lets wait and see sha.

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You are saying this in comfort of your sofa. Did you put the standard of living in the UK and travel infrastucture into consideration and compare it with what we've got in Nigeria? Talking about security, is Lagos not secure enough to host international matches? At the time Nigeria is preparing to host FIFA world cup. You can spin my observation the way you like it but still I believe the game is for Nigerians not for politician in Abuja.

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the reasons are obvious

1. security is very important

2.State of the art technology is also taken into consideration.

so i think it is not just about the place where you have the most people but it is about the people who claim to be supporters.

My friend travels from Lancaster to Stanford bridge every time Chelsea has a home game. that is what i call support.

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