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NFF, Bauchi FA Declare Bauchi Safe for Federation Cup

| July 16, 2012 More

Bauchi โ€” The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Chairman of the Bauchi State Football Association, Alhaji Yahuza Adamu Ningi have dismissed the insinuations that Bauchi is not safe to host the group matches of the Federation Cup billed to commence tomorrow in four centers across the country.

The chairman was responding to the claims made by the Media Chief of Warri Wolves FC, who allegedly said Bauchi is not safe to host the group matches, saying that Bauchi FA is seriously disturbed that a club with international recognition like Warri Wolves will play politics with national security.

He said Warri Wolves are not strangers to Bauchi State as they have played Wikki Tourists in the Nigeria Premier League and left the state without a scratch to any of their officials.

He also said recently Niger Tornadoes played Lobi Stars in the Federation Cup without any complain from the two teams about insecurity because of the peaceful nature of the state.

According to Ningi “its a mischief by the club to say that Bauchi is not safe to host the Federation cup as we have done it before and we are ready to host not only the group of four or quarter finals but even the finals. Don’t forget that we have all the experience to host matches as we hosted FIFA organized matches peacefully in Bauchi and by God grace we are going to host these matches peacefully”.

Also contrary to reports of insecurity at the Bauchi centre of the Federation Cup, the NFF on Thursday approved the zone to host Group A matches of the 2012 Federation Cup starting tomorrow.

NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire told said in a telephone interview that there is no change of mind as it concerns Bauchi hosting Group A matches of the Cup competition.

“No, nothing has changed, Bauchi remains the Group A centre that will host matches involving Enyimba, Wolves, Lobi and Samba.

“Teams, especially the NPL sides, are being expected at the centre after the midweek’s Matchday 34 for the commencement of football hostilities tomorrow. NFF never considered changing the venue for whatever reason,” he said.

Category: Bauchi State News

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