has been disappointed by the treatment it has gotten since arriving Lagos
ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier
Airport, Lagos via a Kenya Airways flight on Wednesday afternoon.
the Nigeria Football Federation to receive the team for a game of such
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.
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.
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
should have been provided for him. However, the NFF did not do such and
he had to share the team’s Coaster bus.
the federation’s secretary general Michael Esokwa asked the NFF to
urgently address the needs of the visiting team according to agreed
humid weather, they decided to find a football field to work out. They
were taken to the Ajao Estate Primary School in Oshodi.
light jogging and stretching exercises on the dusty grounds of the
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.
“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.