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The visiting delegation from the east African country
has been disappointed by the treatment it has gotten since arriving Lagos
ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier
The Nigeria Football Federation abandoned the visiting Kenyan national team to its fate on Wednesday. The east Africans will play against the Super Eaglesin Saturday’s 2014 World Cup qualification match in Calabar, Cross River State. 
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The Harambee Stars arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International
Airport, Lagos via a Kenya Airways flight on Wednesday afternoon.
On arrival at the airport, there was not one high ranking member of
the Nigeria Football Federation to receive the team for a game of such
international magnitude.
Expecting to be ferried to Calabar straight away in order to begin
preparations for the crucial game, the East Africans were told that the
only flight that goes to the city had departed and that they would need
to wait till Thursday.
They then requested that a plane be chartered for them but did not
get any response from an NFF official named Alataka who was
communicating with them via telephone. They said that his mobile was
unreachable for prolonged periods.
The team was later taken to the Silver Grandeur Hotel, around Isolo,
to lodge for the night. According to the Kenyan head of delegation
Hussein Terry, the hotel owned by NFF vice president Chief Mike Umeh is
“a two star hotel” and it contravened the Caf/Fifa statutes that say any
visiting international team must be accommodated in at least a four
star hotel.
Terry also stated that as head of delegation, a separate saloon car
should have been provided for him. However, the NFF did not do such and
he had to share the team’s Coaster bus.
The Kenyans also complained of being left without a security official accompanying them. The Football Kenya Federation sent a letter of protest to the NFF. In the letter made available to Goal.com,
the federation’s secretary general Michael Esokwa asked the NFF to
urgently address the needs of the visiting team according to agreed
terms.
While not wanting to waste the opportunity of acclimatising in the
humid weather, they decided to find a football field to work out. They
were taken to the Ajao Estate Primary School in Oshodi.
There the team, under the watchful eyes of coach Adel Amrouche, did
light jogging and stretching exercises on the dusty grounds of the
primary school.
Amrouche later told Goal.com that he wasn’t fazed by the poor reception that his team had been given. “T.I.A,” he said.
“This is Africa,” he explained before walking into the team bus.
 

With the less than hospitable treatment that the east Africans have
been given, many of the team officials are already talking about using
it to turn the table against their opponents in Saturday’s encounter.

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“We will spoil your party,” one official said. “That you’re the African champions makes us more motivated to defeat you.”

 An accompanying journalist told Goal.com: “I love your country if this is how they treat visitors,” he said with sarcasm.

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.

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