Keshi and Saintfiet, one of the foreign coaches that have managed many African teams
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has hit back at the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) over their request to have next month’s qualifier switched.
FAM wrote to Fifa, asking for their decisive Group F World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles to be moved from Calabar.
And Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet told local media last week that he is not comfortable with the match being played in the city because he believes it is a security risk.
But his Nigerian counterpart Keshi, whose side lead Malawi by two points in their group, insists the venue for the game should not be changed.
“The Malawi coach cannot tell us where to play our matches,” Keshi told BBC Sport. “He can say whatever he likes, that’s his own opinion and problem. We have no problem and he is not qualified enough to make that call or request.
“This is where we play our games and other countries are fine with that.
“Someone cannot say to Nigeria to take the game elsewhere because he feels too important.
“Please tell him [Saintfiet] the game will take place in Calabar, he can choose not to come, we have no problem with that.”