WCQ2014: Keshi Blasts Saintfiet, Malawi FA over Change of Venue Calls
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has hit back at his Malawian counterpart Tom Saintfiet for requesting that the venue of their upcoming World Cup qualifying game be moves from Calabar.
The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) wrote to Fifa last week requesting a change in venue for the game, after Saintfiet had told the local media that he was not comfortable with Calabar, labelling the tourist city a ‘security risk’.
Keshi has however reacted angrily to the Sanitfiet’s comments, insisting that the latter lacks the capacity to decide for Nigeria where to host the game, and that the scheduled venue (Calabar) will remain unchanged.
“This is where we play our games and other countries are fine with that, someone cannot say to Nigeria to take the game elsewhere because he feels too important,” Keshi fumed in an interview with BBC Sports.
“Please tell him [Saintfiet] the game will take place in Calabar, he can choose not to come, we have no problem with that,” he added.
Earlier this week, the Nigeria Football Federation forwarded a detailed security plan for the game to Fifa, assuring that the U. J. Esuene Stadium which has hosted several international matches and tournaments will be safe to host the World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Malawi on September 7.