Nigeria puts Sierra Leone on friendly standby


March 20, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is considering playing the Sierra Leone national team, Leone Stars in an international friendly match at the Ibom International Stadium in Uyo on March 26.

The Super Eagles were billed to play Bolivia but the South American country pulled out of the friendly match citing insecurity in Nigeria.

According to the Guardian newspaper in Nigeria, the NFF has commenced search for a possible replacement with Sierra Leone touted as possible replacement.

However, such report has angered several Nigerians and one Engr Jeffery Egbadon said the NFF should start thinking of giving them quality oppositions so as to really prepare the team for better competitions “rather than choosing low rated Sierra Leone”.

“Why do we consider Sierra Leone as a replacement? Are there no stronger nations we can choose from to really give us a run for our money?” he asked. “It is time for the NFF to start thinking of giving us quality oppositions so as to really prepare us for better competitions rather than bring a team like Sierra Leone who are less placed in African football and even in the ranking of footballing nations.”

Meanwhile, the NFF yesterday said it would take legal action to recover the money it has committed in the proposed international friendly match between the Super Eagles and Bolivia if the latter failed to give genuine reason for pulling out of the match.

“The contract documents are there to protect our demands and I believe that Bolivia has no reasons to pull out of the friendly. We have already gone far in the preparations for the match. That is why we still believe that since we have not been communicated to officially, we are still going on with our preparations for the match. One thing that is certain is that the Super Eagles will play an international friendly match on the March 26 and 29 FIFA windows,” an NFF official told the Nigeria Guardian.