The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has called on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over an alleged foul treatment on the Flamingos by Gabonese authorities in Lome, on Friday afternoon.
A team of 18 players and six officials, led by NFF Chief Technical Officer, Siji Lagunju, were said to have been disembarked by Gabonese authorities from a Gabon–bound ASKY Airline flight.
Having flown from their base in Calabar to Lagos and travelled by road from Lagos to Cotonou as a result of the cancellation of all Gabon –bound flights from Lagos, the delegation members were issued boarding passes on the ASKY Airline flight from Cotonou to Libreville, via Lome, only to be subjected to the harsh treatment after landing in the Togolese capital.
The NFF, in a written petition to CAF said; “On getting to Lome, our delegation Members were disembarked and their luggage brought out of the aircraft, and told that they would no longer be flown to Libreville, on the orders of Gabonese Authorities.
“We strongly protest this harsh, unkind and unfair treatment of players below the age of 17, who have had to go through this arduous and tiring journey only to further their career in football. We are very much aware that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stated clearly that football matches should not to take place in only three countries, namely Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease pandemic.
“Our players have taken serious precautions and even have Ebola –free Medical Certificates.
“The Nigeria Football Federation is sorely disappointed by this attitude of Gabonese authorities and we implore CAF to come into this matter and determine the issue of the qualifying fixture.”