Gernot Rohr has stated his preferred stadium for the Super Eagles next home game in 2019.
Super Eagles boss, Gernot Rohr has stated that he wants his team to leave Asaba and return to Uyo ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) clash against Seychelles.
The Super Eagles played out a 1-1 draw with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the FNB Stadium only to return to force the Cranes of Uganda to a goalless draw at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
Nigeria have several stadium across various states in the country but have made the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo their home since the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup final group qualifiers in 2016.
Rohr stated that he is thankful to the Delta State Government for accommodating them for the November friendly against Uganda but will like to return to Uyo for their next home game in 2019, Complete Sports revealed.
Rohr on Asaba and Uyo
Rohr explained that the reason for wanting a return is not because the Asaba stadium is not good enough but want the Super Eagles to build on their fortress mentality.
He said, “It is not as if the Stephen Keshi Stadium is not good or that we did not enjoy our training and camping in Asaba.
“We enjoyed every bit of our stay here. The government and people were wonderful and we appreciate their support on and outside the pitch, but we need to return to a place we are used to in Uyo.”
In the report he stated in the report that he is appealing to the Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) administration to allow more supporters by returning to Uyo.
He said, “If I get the backing of the president and his executive, we hope to play Seychelles in Uyo, but if they insist it has to be played in Asaba, we won’t say no.
“But the truth is that the Asaba stadium is not big enough to accommodate our teeming fans on match days.”
The Super Eagles return to action for the first time next year in March against Seychelles with qualification for the AFCON in Cameroon already secure.