The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has written to Fifa to ask for their decisive Group F World Cup qualifier against Nigeria to be moved from Calabar.
The FAM is also unhappy with the appointment of Hamada el Moussa Nampiandraza as referee for the match.
FAM’s letter to Fifa states: “There is security risk in Calabar where the match will be played, as reported by the Commonwealth Commission. The venue of the match is risky to our delegation and we would like Fifa to shift the match to Abuja or to a neutral country where our delegation will be safe.
Belgian coach, Tom Saintifiet who volunteered to lead the Flames against the Super Eagles, told local media this week that he is not comfortable with the match being played in Calabar.
The Belgian wants the match to be played in Abuja or another venue but the Nigeria Football Federation officials have dismissed their protest insisting the match will be played in Calabar.
“Nigeria would like to play in Calabar because it is close to Cameroon in the south-east of Nigeria not so easy to reach with the only connection via Lagos and Abuja but with no international flights,” he said.
FAM has also protested over the appointment of referee Nampiandraza, who it believes gave a “below par” performance at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Malawi trail Nigeria by two points and must win to progress to the play-offs.
Source: Citizens Platform
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