Nigeria Football Federation officials have expressed disgust over the desperate antics employed by the Liberia Football Federation (LFA), to win the Nations Cup qualifier against Nigeria, including taking the team to a dilapidated hotel and assigning a weather beaten ‘Molue’ without air-conditioner to the team for their stay in Liberia.
The NFF had immediately relocated the team to the Golden Gate Hotel, ahead of Saturday’s 2-2 draw in Monrovia.
Technical Committee Chairman, Christopher Green, said he was taken aback going by the smooth relationship existing between both nations and their FAs. NFF President Aminu Maigari was also baffled that officials of the SKD Stadium refused to switch on the flood light at the arena when Nigeria had their only training session there before the game, when the game was to be played under floodlights.
Each occasion the Nigerians used the bus allotted to them like on their way to and from the airport, a visit to the Nigerian embassy and even a short trip from the Golden Gate Hotel where the team camped to the stadium, players and officials sweated profusely, forcing coach Stephen Keshi to ask the NFF for action in the return leg in Calabar.
“This is very bad for the development of African football but Nigeria will never treat any nation like this. I’m sure in the second leg, we will offer them a beautiful, airconditioned bus to take them around, we’ve always been trodden upon by those countries that we play the big brother to,” Keshi lamented.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Liberia, Her Excellency Chigozie Nnadozie, has said she was totally satisfied with the output of the Super Eagles, and she was sure that President Goodluck Jonathan is also excited at the 2-2 draw in Monrovia.
Maigari, also spoke in similar vein, assuring that the Eagles will win the return in Calabar with a wide margin.
Ambassador Nnadozie spoke during dinner organized for the Super Eagles in Monrovia, moments before the team departed forNigeria on Saturday night. She along with the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, had travelled to Kaduna for the NDAgraduation but she returned early enough for the some moments of the game but said she was delighted with what she saw.