Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied
report that the Super Eagles are in poor condition as they prepare for the
African Nations Championship which kicks off on Saturday in Rwanda.
The Super Eagles are currently training in Pretoria, South
Africa, and have played two friendly games in the Nelson Mandela country. They will
travel to Rwanda on Friday.
The said report had talked of ‘inferior’ NIKE kits being
used by the team at the pre-CHAN camp in Pretoria and unsubstantiated
‘distractions here and there,’ all attributed to a nebulous ‘highly placed
But the NFF in a press statement made available to News24,
said the report was littered with so much falsehood that it was clear the
reporter was out to cause disaffection and damage morale in the camp ahead of
the 4th African Nations Championship.
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“The Super Eagles B delegation is heading to Rwanda on
Friday (15th January). This report has come out at this time to demoralize
players and officials ahead of the Championship,” NFF Assistant Director
(Communications), Ademola Olajire said.
“It is a shame that while the NFF is doing everything to
keep the team happy and focused, and every stakeholder in Nigeria is wishing
the team well, a reporter would be so committed to bringing down morale in the
“Strangely, the reporter and his mysterious source admitted
that Amaju Pinnick paid for assistant coach Lusciuto’s medical bills, but said
it was not NFF that paid!”
The Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, who is with
the team in Pretoria, also said that the report is the handiwork of a detractor
and that the reality on ground is far from what was painted by the reporter.
“We don’t know where the story of ‘poor conditions’ is
coming from. All the officials in camp have been commending the NFF for
arranging for the team to train at such a world –class facility as the High
Performance Centre in Pretoria.
“The training kits are top-quality, so also the match
jerseys which were brought in by the team administrator. They were kits
supplied directly to the Federation by NIKE. The team trained in Abuja for two
weeks before heading to Pretoria, and everyone saw the kits they used.
“It is uncharitable and the height of mischief for anyone to
describe the kits we are using now as inferior. They are among the best
anywhere in the world. The team has played two friendly matches, drawing one
and winning the other. We are all in very high spirit and we are praying that
the team gets it right in Rwanda in order to make the NFF and Nigeria proud,”
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