Workers in charge of the National stadium in Abuja today disrupted the training of the Super Eagles who are currently preparing for a friendly with Peru national team to show their grievances for the back log of salaries being owed them,
According to Ben Alaiya, the Super Eagles media officer, the team had arrived at the stadium at about 7:15am, but met the gates to the Practice Pitch firmly locked.
Mr. Alaiya said that when the athletes and other visitors to the stadium told the Eagles’ officials that the gate was shut against the national team, immediately the stadium officials sighted the bus of the team driving into the stadium arena, they ran in the opposite directions.
He said for over ten minutes, the flying eagle’s Team Coordinator, Emmanuel Atta, the Security Chief, Gideon Akinsola and the Camp Commandant, Rabiu Yandoto, battled to gain entrance into the training pitch to no avail.
Mr. Alaiya added that when their patience ran out, the padlock to the training pitch was forced open for the team to gain entrance.
He said after probing, it was revealed that the staff are being owed backlog of salaries and therefore saw shutting the national team from training as an opportunity to vent their anger.
After a frantic search, one of the Stadium supervisors, Sunday Ofele, was apprehended by the security team attached to the team and he confessed that it was the Stadium Manager, who instructed him to lock out the national team.
When the Stadium Manager, Katmwan Dungse, was confronted, he said his instruction was that entrance into the training arena should be restricted because British Embassy officials were having a function at the Velodrome. He denied that he asked the stadium officials to lock out the national team.
The supervisor and his accomplice have since been handed over to the police for proper investigation. Head Coach Stephen Keshi expressed concern that his team should be traumatised close to important games.