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NFF reveals why Falconets slept on Turkish airport floors



falconets sleeping on airport floor

The U20 Girls National Team, Falconets, had to spend 24 hours at the Turkish airport on their way back from the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

The Nigeria Football Federation has listed a number of reasons for this as well as the inability to obtain transit visas for the team at the Istanbul Airport.

“The NFF did not book the team’s tickets from Costa Rica; FIFA did. FIFA also did not envisage the hitches that saw the team delayed for more than three hours in Bogota, and another one hour in Panama.

By the time the team got to Istanbul, the flight to Abuja had left.


“Our officials pleaded for compassionate transit visas so as to take the players and officials to a hotel inside the town, but this was not possible as they were informed that Nigeria had been removed from the list of countries whose citizens were issued visa-on-arrival in Turkey.

The airline then took the team to a sleeping area at the airport and gave them tickets to have meals every five hours.

This situation has nothing to do with NFF, who had made arrangements to receive the team in Abuja before the complications in travel arrangements,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, explained.

You might remember that the NFF had asked FIFA, the international regulatory body, to interfere with the German Embassy to award the squad transit visas before they left Nigeria, so that the team could travel through Germany.

This didn’t take place.


On the issue of body-wear, Sanusi said: “The players were handed three sets of green jerseys and two sets of white jerseys, several house-wear types and training jerseys.

The players opted to wash only their jersey top (no other stuff) because when the first set of body-wear was sent to the laundry people at the hotel, it returned with some FIFA and NFF badges at the front and names at the back peeled by the machine.”







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