The Nigeria Football Federation has sent a protest letter to the Confederation of African Football over Friday’s incident in Lome, which had Gabonese authorities disembark members of the Golden Eaglets delegation from a Gabon-bound flight.
The team flew in from Calabar to Lagos and travelled by road to Cotonou following the cancellation of all Gabon–bound flights. The delegation members were issued boarding passes on the flight from Cotonou to Libreville, via Lome, only to be subjected to the harsh treatment after landing in the Togolese capital.
The Nigerian team was led by NFF Chief Technical Officer, Siji Lagunju.
The protest letter signed by NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, reads: “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 take place in only three countries, namely Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease pandemic.
He said that the Eaglets 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,” said Amadu.