Nigeria Football Federation admits security concerns over June qualifiers

The NFF says it will put security top of its agenda in choosing a venue for the Super Eagles' qualification matches in June

The football house is under enormous pressure to quell the fears of players and fans over the upcoming Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers in June after the initial venue of the match, Kaduna and some nothern-Nigeria states have been rocked by bomb blasts in recent times.

The Nigerian Football Federation though admitted that there are genuine security concerns over the choice of match venues for the matches that the national team is set to undertake.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda and Kenya were billed to be played in Kaduna but NFF's Technical Committee chairman, Chris Green, is keen to douse the fears over security concerns concerning the bomb blasts.

"We are concerned about the situation and will consider the safety of fans, players, officials and everyone that will be involved. A venue or venues for these games will be made known to the public at the right time," said Green to BBC Sport.

"Importantly, we'll seek the help and direction of the government before making our decision. We can assure our visiting opponents that safety is paramount and the NFF will ensure that is taken care of," Green added.

The National Stadium in Abuja is in a state of disrepair which was why the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, was chosen for the World Cup qualifier against Namibia in June and the Nations Cup second leg match against Rwanda.