Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State will like to have the Super Eagles play their final 2014 World Cup qualifying match at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar.
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Patrick Ugbe, in his office on Monday, expressed the state’s willingness to end what they’ve started.
Reports suggest that there have been some subtle moves by some states to take Super Eagles matches away from Cross River State, a development that has been resisted by players and the technical crew.
“They started from here. It is a Cross River project and even the players themselves want to qualify for the World Cup from Calabar,” Ugbe said.
He noted that the national team has fared better playing in front of the soccer-loving fans of the state saying: “The results speak for themselves. Since the Eagles started their romance with Calabar, they qualified for the Nations Cup and went ahead to win the trophy. In the World Cup qualifiers, the worst result has been a draw against Kenya and everybody knows the role of the Calabar fans in all this.
“We are happy that people who come here commend our efforts. The Malawians, for instance, were impressed with what they saw,” added Ugbe.
“Organisationally, we are world class, with conducive environment for teams and guests. So whoever is planning to take Super eagles matches away from Calabar has a huge mountain to climb.”