The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has described as ‘unfortunate’ the incident that saw players and officials of the Super Falcons delayed for over three hours at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on arrival from Abidjan on Thursday morning.
NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said: “It was an unfortunate incident, because we had our protocol officers on ground at the airport and they did the needful before the team arrived”.
“We are a responsible organization and the various National Teams have been going out and returning to Nigeria since these COVID-19 protocols, procedures and guidelines started. We have never been caught napping”.
“The issue had to do with COVID-19 protocols and we had no control over how things would be approached by the officials in charge at the airport each time. In this particular case, we fulfilled our part of the requirements”.
However, some other group of individuals arrived at the same time as the Super Falcons’ contingent and were bent on circumventing the process, and this compelled the health officials to adopt stern measures and even lock up some of their offices”.
“It was beyond us, but, we have already apologized to our players and officials over this incident.”
The Falcons qualified for the AWCON tournament scheduled to hold in Morocco later this year, after defeating Cote D’Ivoire 1-0 (3-0 on aggregate) on Wednesday in Abidjan.