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NFF still hopeful on Iran tie

By Fidelis Ebu

Despite the sour relationship between Nigeria and Iran that resulted in the cancellation of the international football friendly between the two countries, the Nigeria Football Federation is still hopeful the tie could hold on a later date.

Both countries were earlier scheduled to lock horns in an international friendly on November 17, but the game was suddenly called off by Nigeria owing to the discovery of arms at the Apapa port supposedly imported from Iran.

The NFF acting general secretary, Musa Amadu had said shortly before he left for Germany Wednesday for the Super Falcons friendly match against their German counterparts that talks were still on_going with the Iranian football authorities for a possible rescheduling of the friendly tie for a latter date. It was gathered that the NFF willingness to dialogue for a fresh date was to avoid paying the 300,000 US dollars being demanded by the Iranian authorities as expenses incurred for the preparation of the botched game.

A source at the National Sports Commission, however hinted yesterday that the coast was yet to be cleared for the game to hold between the two countries.

“In as much as we want the Super Eagles to engage in friendly matches, it would not be proper to jump into any game in the name of building a strong team. The NFF would however be encouraged to search for credible international friendlies for the Super Eagles”, the NSC source said.


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