The Liberians accuse Nigeria of frustrating their team ahead of the crucial match
The Liberian football team is expected in Nigeria by 7.00p.m. less than 24 hours to the kick-off time of the match between the Lone Stars and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The crucial match is to be played at the U.J. Esiene stadium in Calabar on Saturday by 4.00p.m with the winner of the game qualifying for the 2013 African Cup of Nations to be hosted by South Africa.
The arrival of the 125-man Liberian delegation may put an end to the mutual suspicion between the football associatons of the two countries over the crucial tie.
Reports reaching PREMIUM TIMES indicate that the Liberia Football Association has threatened to report the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, to the Confederation of African Football, CAF, over what they believe to be unfair treatment by the Nigerian association.
The Liberians, who chartered a plane from their country, were expected to arrive in Nigeria on Thursday. Their plane, sources at the NFF said, could have arrived at the Margaret Ekpo airport, Calabar, late on Thursday but were told they could not land as the airport closes early.
While lamenting at the situation on Thursday, Liberia Football Association chief, Musa Bility, said “I don’t understand what the airport in Calabar is saying. We are sincerely concerned about this because we don’t know why the Nigeria government has not issued the clearance for our plane to land.”
“We sent the federation the list of our delegation and contingent and the size of the aircraft and yet we did not get any response from them,” he claimed on his association’s website.
Mr. Bility said his association may report the Nigeria Football Federation to the Confederation of African Football, CAF, for the way they have been treated.
He accused the NFF of “calculated attempts to frustrate the Lone Star ahead of Saturday’s Nations Cup
The NFF had earlier in the week accused the Liberian association of keeping its arrival secret thereby making planning difficult for the host association.
The Super Eagles arrived Calabar on Monday in preparation for the match.