E’Guinea FA ‘Frustrates’ Super Falcons In Bata

The Super Falcons celebrating one of their goals against Sweden...yesterday

The Super Falcons celebrating one of their goals against Sweden…yesterday

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.



4 Comments
  • Ako Amadi

    All these accounts of hostility by hosts don’t interest many Nigerians. We’d like to read about why the Falcons cannot win a game, not about side gossips of who welcomed them, and the quality of their hotel, etc. This is bad sports journalism

    • akeebaba

      DONT MIND THEM JARE, WHY DID FALCON NOT BEAT THEM SILLY IN NIAJA AND MAE THE RETURN LEG A FORMALITY, CHIO !

      • GOD WIN 9JA

        I love Nigeria only when it comes to sports. It is the only area where we are and remain united. If only we could be like this in other areas without a trace of tribalism.

  • Was the Equatorial Guinea FA also responsible for the dismal performance that fetched us a 1-1 draw in the first leg played in Nigeria? This is just a ploy to prepare our minds for excuses they want to give for their eventual failure in the second leg.

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