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AWCON: Falcons Lament Hostile Reception In Yaounde

By Adebayo Williams

Player and officials of the Super Falcons have lamented the hostile atmosphere they met when they travelled to Yaounde for the final match against hosts of the African Women Cup of Nations against Cameroon. The officials said the Local Organising Committee had deliberately handled their welfare shoddily to affect their morale ahead of the clash. An official told Goal that the second batch of players had to travel by road after the plane arranged for them developed technical issues mid air.

“Honestly, it was a terrible experience and we are disappointed. The environment was hostile and the LOC map out plans to frustrated us,” an official told the media.

“They communicated our schedule to us which stated departure for 9am from Douala airport, we left Buea at 5.30am and the players couldn’t sleep after a stressful match-day.

“They abandoned us at the airport and we waited for about six hours before the first batch could travel by air. The most shocking moment was how hostile the Cameroonians are at the airport.

“The second batch later traveled by road after a technical issue with the aircraft, we boarded and the flight started smoking. We have to run for our lives and traveled by road to Yaounde, we are disappointed.

“Nigerians shouldn’t panic, we are aware of the antics and the plans to frustrate the group. However, this is the moment we need our High Commission and the Federation to give us adequate support. It will be a collective effort to conquer the hosts and we are determined to win.”

The players are currently lodged at the Djeuja Palace Hotel and expected to resume training on Thursday by 5pm local time at the Omnisport Stadium, Yaoundé.

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