The Falcons said they were poorly treated by the organisers of the competition.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria arrived Equatorial Guinea on Thursday night ahead of the 2012 African Women’s Championship.
The Nigerian ladies, who are the defending champions, left Accra, Ghana, on a 5p.m. flight and arrived the Malabo International Airport at 8.30p.m. local time.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, Benjamin Bassey; the Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to Nigeria, Job Obiang Esono Mbengono; and other officials from the Nigeria High Commission welcomed the delegation of 21 players and 13 technical and administrative staff, at the airport.
However, no official from the Local Organizing Committee, LOC, of the competition was present to receive the delegation. This proved to be a very difficult situation as no arrangements had been made for accommodation in Malabo or transportation to Bata- venue of Falcons camp-, for the team.
There had been an initial plan to accommodate the players and their officials in Malabo on Thursday night, to proceed to Bata on Friday, Nigerian football officials however told PREMIUM TIMES that the LOC changed the arrangements without informing the Nigerian High Commission who had been liaising with the local organizers.
The two ambassadors present made urgent phone calls to ensure that the team got on a flight to Bata, although they still waited for three hours at the Malabo International Airport before boarding another Ceiba International Airlines flight to Bata.
They finally touched down at the Bata International Airport at 11.55p.m. and were welcomed by the LOC officials and Ibrahim Umar, the Consular General, Nigeria Consulate in Bata. The team was thereafter escorted to their hotel, Villa Celotti lodge.
The Director of Competitions of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, condemned the treatment meted out to the Nigerian delegation.
“The treatment given to us was unprofessional and negates the spirit of sportsmanship.
“Our accommodation is not befitting of competitions practices. And therefore we have rejected it. We are insisting that they change our accommodation or we secure accommodation ourselves,” he said.
The official said the NFF would make an official complaint to CAF today.
“Whatever the outcome of our complaint, we are not going to sleep here today.
“We are here for serious business and will not allow anything to distract us and deter our progress,” he said.
Below is the list of the 21 players that will represent the Falcons at the competition.
GOALKEEPERS: Precious Dede (Bayelsa Queens), Tochukwu Oluehi (Sunshine Queens), and Ebubele Whyte (Rivers Angels).
DEFENDERS: Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels), Helen Ukaonu (Sunnana SK), Joy Jegede (Delta Queens), Ebere Ngozi (Rivers Angels), Onome Ebi (Attesihir Belediyesi, Turkey), Gladys Akpa (Sunshine Queens), Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels).
MIDFIELDERS: Onyinyechi Ohagugha (Rivers Angels), Stella Mbachu (Rivers Angels), Esther Sunday (Sunshine Queens), Ogonna Chukwudi (Umea IK, Sweden), Glory Iroka (Rivers Angels), Rita Chikwelu (Umea IK).
FORWARDS: Azizat Oshoala (Rivers Angels), Ngozi Okobi (Delta Queens), Ebere Orji (Rivers Angels), Emueje Ogbiagbveha (BIK, Kazakhstan), Perpetua Nkwocha (Sunnana SK, Sweden).
Equatorial Guinea hosts the 8th edition of The African Women’s Championship from the October 28 to November 11.
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