Super Eagles handler, Stephen Keshi, has blasted the demands of the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to have the final World Cup Group F qualifying match against the Flames moved from the UJ Esuene Stadium to a presumed safer venue.
Last week, the Belgian coach of the Malawian national team, Tom Saintfiet, told local media that he is not comfortable with the match being hosted in the city of Calabar, as he believes it is a security risk.
So also the Fam, which tendered a written request to the world football governing body Fifa, that the September 7 clash should be switched on security basis.
On Wednesday, the Nigeria Football Authority (NFA) Media Officer, Ademola Olajire, issued a statement clarifying the detail security plan for the encounter, as tendered to Fifa.
But Keshi, who spoke to BBC Sport, has hit back on the Malawians over their request to have the qualifier’s venue moved, saying:
“The Malawi coach cannot tell us where to play our matches. 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.”
The Super Eagles’ previous 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying home matches against Namibia and Kenya was hosted at the same venue.
With two points now separating the African Champions and the visitors ahead of the deciding encounter, Keshi sees no fault with the schedule.
“This is where we play our games and other countries are fine with that,” Keshi added.
“Someone cannot say to Nigeria to take the game elsewhere because he feels too important.
“Please tell him (Saintfeit) the game will take place in Calabar, he can choose not to come, we have no problem with that.”