Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) appears to show preference for the Super Eagles over the female national team – The Super Falcons- bringing to the fore disparity in the treatment meted to the teams.
The two national teams – the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons- will both be in action this weekend. While the Falcons will play against Zimbabwe in Lagos, the Eagles have a match against the Wasp of Rwanda in Calabar. However, while prominent Nigerian sporting figures are heading to Calabar to cheer the Super Eagles to victory, nothing is yet known about the delegates from the NFF that will support the Super Falcons during their game.
On Tuesday, there was official confirmation that the Honourable Minister/Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi will be in Calabar for the Eagles.
Mr. Abdullahi assured the NFF leadership that he will be in the Calabar to cheer the Eagles.
Nigeria must win Saturday’s game to make progress in the qualification series for the 29th African Cup of Nations finals, which holds in five South African cities between 13th January – 4th February next year.
Having missed out on this year’s edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea,something that had not happened in 26 years, the Super Eagles are determined to quash the Wasps of Rwanda at the U. J. Esuene Stadium and have said they need all the support they can get.
“I will certainly be in Calabar to cheer the Super Eagles. It is a very important match and we must do everything possible to mobilize all Nigerians to back our team for victory on Saturday,” said Abdullahi, who will be Special Guest of Honour.
Also confirmed to be a special guest at the match is the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji, who was a former defender and Coach of the Senior National Team, then known as the Green Eagles.
Both teams (Nigeria and Rwanda) finished 0-0 in the first leg played at the Stade Regional de Nyamirambo, Kigali on February 29.
Also on Tuesday, the NFF formally invited the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to be a special guest at the big match.
Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, will be Chief Host at the game, just like in the Eagles match against Namibia .
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has booked the Linton Hotel, Ajao Estate, Lagos for the Rwandans to stay the night in Lagos, when they arrive aboard Rwanda Air on Wednesday evening. The team will be flown to Calabar aboard an Arik Air plane on Thursday morning. In Calabar, the Rwandan delegation will stay at Channel View Hotel.