The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has declared that the Kenyan players and officials, who were stranded in Lagos upon their arrival, only have theirselves to blame, as they did not co-operate with them regarding their travel arrangements.
The Harambee Stars trained in a dilapidated primary school on Wednesday and their officials blamed the Nigerian football authorities for the shabby treatment.

However, in an interview with KickOffNigeria, Bola Oyeyode, explained that the Kenyans had refused to reveal their arrival dates, to ensure proper preparation.

“To start with, they were playing hide and seek about their travel arrangements,” Oyeyode stated. “They refused to communicate their arrival date to us despite numerous letters from us to them.

“In all those communications, we copied their embassy here and Fifa and we still have the letters here.

“It was only on Monday afternoon that they wrote to us informing us they would arrive on Wednesday afternoon.

“Even their embassy was finding it hard getting information out of them. an embassy official called Mr Tony was doing his best to help us, but even he could not get anything out of them.”

According to Oyebode, by the time they got any sort of information, it was to late to make adequate arrangements.
“They told us they were coming with a 25-man delegation, but didn’t give us any names, so we could not book the connecting flight to Calabar early,” he explained further.

“When it was getting late, we used our relationship with the airline to book 25 seats with no names, only for them to arrive with a 35-man party.

“In their letter, they never said they wanted to train in Lagos. The arrangement was for them to come in and fly straight to Calabar. But their flight arrived at noon, and the flight to Calabar is usually at 11am.

“At no time did we discuss anything about a chartered aircraft. Even our own team, who are African champions, flew to Calabar on a regular commercial flight.”

Oyebode also said that they had even made a last-minute arrangement for the Kenyans to train at the National Stadium in Lagos, but they turned it down.

He said: “We went out of our way to book the training pitch of the National Stadium in Surulere for them at very, very short notice.

“But they refused to go there, after they were advised but one their men on the ground here, and they chose that primary school to train.”



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