E’Guinea FA ‘Frustrates’ Super Falcons In Bata
Officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), yesterday raised an alarm over what they described as ‘frustration’ in the hands of Equatorial Guinea FA officials, as the Super Falcons landed in Bata, venue of today’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.
The Falcons arrived Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s administrative capital on Thursday night, and slept there before proceeding to Bata on Friday morning.
The Falcons need to win or at worst secure 2-2 draw to progress, having been forced to 1-1 draw two weeks ago in Abuja.
However, the NFF delegation led by NFF Executive Committee members, Ibrahim Gusau and Mrs. Dilichukwu Onyedinma, complained about the
‘unfriendly’ attitude displayed by the host country saying: “The Equatorial Guinea FA officials have been behaving funny, but we expected that. They have been trying to frustrate our team,” NFF official, Tunde Aderibigbe, told thenff.com.
NFF protocol official, Barnabas Joro added: “The FA sent only one member of their staff to receive us at the airport in Bata, and since then, we have not seen them.
“We need information on the match coordination meeting, tickets for members of the Nigeria community here and so on. But they are nowhere to be found. Even when we went to the FA office in Bata on Friday afternoon, the place was locked.
“It was through our own efforts and that of the staff of the Embassy of Nigeria, who have remained with us, that we were able to get somewhere for the team to train,” he said.
It was not clear yesterday evening if the Falcons were allowed to have their official training at the match venue (Stade Nkoatoma de Bata) by 4pm.