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No Challenge In Flying S’Eagles To Zambia, NFF Insists … Denies Story On Travelling Hitch

Super Eagles
Posted: Sep 30, 2016 at 3:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

Lagos – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has insisted that it would fly the Super Eagles and their technical staff to Ndola, Zambia, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Chipolopolo without any challenge.

This is even as the football house denied ever saying that due to the economic situation bedeviling the country because of the ongoing recession, it would not cough out $270,000 to fly the national team to Zambia for the match.

It will be recalled that various news media including the CNN reported that the NFF was at a fix on how to convey the national team to Zambia for the match against Chipolopolo, needing a bailout of about $270,000 to take the team there.

The NFF, via a report on its website, “condemned, in very strong terms, the report, which was in some media outlets including America’s Cable News Network (CNN) that it cannot fly the Super Eagles to Ndola for the match billed for Sunday, October 9, 2016.

“The NFF views the report as baseless, misleading and despicable, not only against Nigerian football, but against the Nigerian nation.

“We insist that the report was the concoction of an idle mind and challenged the purveyors of the falsehood to name their source.

“The NFF had concluded arrangements on getting players and officials of the Super Eagles to Abuja for a training camp starting on Sunday, 2nd October, getting the team to and from Zambia and getting the players back to their various clubs after the national assignment.

“We call for the support and prayers of Nigerians at this time, and urged that the players be allowed to focus on the big task of qualifying the nation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, without so much negative stories and insinuations.”

The NFF noted in the report on its website that over the past few months, “some persons have made it their business to fabricate unhealthy stories about the NFF and Nigerian football.”

It called on all stakeholders to disregard, henceforth, any report about the NFF that did not emanate from the NFF Communications Department.