Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) secretary-general, Dr Mohammed Sanusi has declared emphatically that the soccer governing body did abandon the female national team, Super Falcons ahead of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
With a ripple of critical comments still trailing the Falcons’ trip to Sol Beni in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire for the last phase of their training ahead of the championship in Ghana, Sanusi stressed that the NFF is solidly behind the squad and working to make the players happy.
Nigerian fans and media were aghast when the Falcons’ players had to travel out to Abidjan in multi-coloured personal apparels, instead of a uniformed kit, but Sanusi insists there is no cause for alarm.
The NFF scribe told footballlive.ng that there is no cause for alarm, but admitted that the team’s official kits had been delayed at the port.
“It is not true to say the Falcons have been abandoned. The quality they had at their camp in Epe showed that they are getting the best.
“It is only that their kit was delayed at the port, but they will get the required material in Abidjan before leaving to Ghana for the 2018 AWCON starting next weekend,” Sanusi promised.
However, Sanusi assurance came at a point one of the Falcons’ dropped players confirmed that the team actually lacked adequate materials during their camping phase in Epe, Lagos State.
The player, who spoke on condition of anonymity, alleged: “The only good thing about the camp was the feeding and the pitch.
“The conditions under which we trained were bad. We had no kits for training. We wore what we had and some had to share.
“The balls were not enough at a point but we endured all that for the success of the team.”