PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Nigeria Football Association has said the protest by Malawi Football Association against southeast city of Calabar as venue of World Cup match against the Super Eagles is unfounded.
Chris Green, the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the association, said on Monday that the Malawians were not right.
Tom SaintFeld, the Manager of the Malawi national team, had written to FIFA, urging a change of venue for the Sept. 7 World Cup qualifying match against Nigeria, from Calabar to Abuja.
He had cited inadequate security and a lack of good hotels in Calabar as reasons for asking for a change in venue.
Green told reporters in Port Harcourt that the reasons were the figment of his imagination.
"It's quite unfortunate that they (Malawians) had written to FIFA in respect of security concerns in Calabar," he said.
"I do not think we have any security concerns. I think it's one of such gimmicks being employed by the coach of Malawi, Tom SaintFeld. I think it doesn't hold water," he added. "We have played many qualifying matches in Calabar and we have not had any security challenges."
Green said Calabar was Nigeria's tourism destination, which had hosted international events such as carnivals and other tourism-related events without any security problems.
"As I speak, we have not received any letter from FIFA in respect of the purported protest letter by Malawi," he added. " Its all part of the gimmicks that people play. It's a mind game, but we will put in our all."
Green said the Eagles would use the friendly against South Africa on Aug. 14 as a warm up match to prepare against Malawi.
"We do not want to talk too much on the match. We are going to talk on the field of play," he said.