Super Falcons: NFF to lodge complaint to CAF

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF say they will lodge a formal protest to the Confederation of African Football, CAF over the treatment meted to the Super Falcons on arrival in Malabo for the Africa Women Championship, AWC
The team arrived in Malabo on Thursday night at 8.30pm local time but had no official from the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) on ground to receive the delegation.

This proved to be a very difficult situation as no arrangements had been made for accommodation in Malabo or transportation to Bata, for the team.

Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Director of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed
Sanusi lamented the treatment meted out to the Nigerian delegation saying:

“The treatment given to us was unprofessional and negates the spirit of sportsmanship.

“Our accommodation is not befitting of competitions practices. And therefore we have rejected it. We are insisting that they change our accommodation or we secure accommodation ourselves.”

"We will make an official complaint to CAF today. Whatever the outcome of our complaint, we are not going to sleep here today [Friday].

“We are here for serious business and will not allow anything to distract us and deter our progress.”

There had been an initial plan to accommodate the players and their officials in Malabo on Thursday night, then proceed to Bata on Friday, but the LOC changed the arrangements without informing the Nigerian High Commission who had been liaising with the local organizers.

But for the presence of Ambassador B. S. Bassey, and Ambassador Job Obiang
Esono Mbengono who made urgent phone calls to ensure that the team got on a flight to Bata, the team would have had to spend the night at the airport or, at best, try to secure accommodation in Malabo for Thursday night.

The team waited for three hours at the Malabo International Airport before boarding another Ceiba International Airlines flight to Bata.

They finally touched down at the Bata International Airport at 11.55pm where the LOC officials and Ibrahim Umar,The Consular General, Nigeria Consulate in Bata, met the team and proceeded to escort them to their Villa Celotti lodge, where they spent the night.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, Ambassador Benjamin Sunday
Bassey alongside the Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador
Job Obiang Esono Mbengono, and other officials from the Nigeria High
Commission were on ground to receive the delegation of 21 players and 13
technical and administrative staff, at the airport.**
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