Nigeria vs Ghana : Let the gate fee be free, says Katsina FA Chairman, Kurfi Balele

Aminu Kurfi Balele

After watching the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi filled to capacity with football fans in the World Cup qualifying game between Ghana and Nigeria, Aminu Kurfi Balele, chairman of Katsina FA wants the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to make the gate fee of the reverse fixture to be free in Abuja.

In an exclusive chat with in Abuja, the member of NFF technical committee said that he was very impressed with the performance of the Super Eagles in Kumasi on Friday evening.

He informed that football loving Nigerians look forward to the second leg with great optimism but the gate fee should be made free for football fans to cheerfully support the Super Eagles.

“Getting a goalless draw in Kumasi is a good one. Look at how their stadium was filled to capacity of 40,000 fans. It is better for NFF to throw the gate open for fans to watch free at Abuja national stadium,” Kurfi said.

“Making the least ticket to be N2,000.00 is on the high side for lots of people that wants to come and watch the game,” he added.

“Somebody who earns N30,000.00 a month will struggle to bring out N2,000.00 to pay for ticket to watch the game on Tuesday.

“We need to mobilise Nigerians all over Abuja and the surrounding states to be at the stadium to support the Super Eagles. Nigeria cannot afford to lose the game.

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“May be I should get kind hearted Nigerians to have a meeting with the NFF to buy off all the match tickets, so that these football fans can be at the stadium without stressing themselves financially.

“Abuja is not like Kano, Lagos, Uyo or Portharcort where fans can fill the stadium easily. We need the Abuja stadium to be filled to capacity and we must encourage the fans by making the gate free, he concluded. 

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