Football Association of Malawi’s delegation to Saturday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against African champions, Nigeria, will land in Abuja this morning. The contingent will arrive from Accra, Ghana.
Already, General Secretary of the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), Mr Suzgo Nyirenda, is on ground, having arrived Nigeria on Monday and is now in Calabar to see facilities for himself ahead of his team’s arrival.
Nyirenda, who wrote a letter to world football governing body, FIFA, last month complaining that Calabar is not safe for the qualifying cracker, has turned around to praise the NFF for its professionalism, maturity and hospitality ahead of the game.
“On behalf of the Football Association of Malawi, I would like to thank you and the entire Nigeria Football Federation for the warm welcome that you accorded me and my accountant (advance party) both in
Abuja as well as in Calabar. We are now in Calabar where your Director of Technical (Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme) gave us a fantastic reception.
Thank you for welcoming us in your offices in Abuja. Football is a unifying factor and we are indeed brothers.
We will be accommodated at DANNIC Hotel which is generally very good.
We will inspect the training pitch and the venue of the actual match,” Nyirenda wrote in a mail to NFF’s Head of International, Mr Bola Oyeyode.
The Nigeria Football Federation has already guaranteed visa-on-arrival for the delegation who will be flown to Calabar aboard Arik Air’s morning flight from Abuja to Calabar on Thursday.