Monday Dec 05, 2016. 20:08
While African champions Super Falcons were forced to sleep at the Yaounde airport all through Saturday night, we have scooped that broke Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) allegedly splashed a whooping 42 million Naira for a special flight for top officials to cheer the team to victory in Cameroon.
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The huge cost of the chartered flight has also raised serious questions about accountability and due process as the payment was done a marketing agent on behalf of the NFF.
A top source reported that NFF President Amaju Pinnick led 10 other top officials flew on a special chartered flight, which interestingly did not originate from Nigeria.
“The shame of it was that they flew in, watched the game and flew out without even addressing the team,” said the source.
But while the NFF bosses were cruising in comfort, the Falcons encountered a difficult time to return to Nigeria.
They were at the Yaounde airport before midnight with the hope to connect a local flight to Douala for the onward journey to Lagos, Nigeria.
Their plane to Douala did not arrive in Yaounde till early morning Sunday and so the Falcons were forced to stay put at the airport till they left for Yaounde.
The Falcons are now holed up in their hotel in Abuja waiting to be paid off by the NFF after they clinched the AWCON for a record eighth time on Saturday.