The Super Falcons of Nigeria were not given a warm reception as players and officials of the team arrived Yaounde on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Africa Women Cup of Nations final against Cameroon.
They arrived in batches to a noisy and hostile welcome in Cameroon’s capital. A team official expressed disappointment and the flight frustration suffered moving to Yaounde after a tiring game against South Africa on Tuesday.
An official said, “Honestly, it was a terrible experience and we are disappointed. The environment was hostile and the LOC map out plans to frustrated us.”
“They communicated our schedule to us which stated departure for 9am from Douala airport, we left Buea at 5.30am and the players couldn’t sleep after a stressful match-day.”
“They abandoned us at the airport and we waited for about six hours before the first batch could travel by air. The most shocking moment was how hostile the Cameroonians are at the airport. ”
“The second batch later traveled by road after a technical issue with the aircraft, we boarded and the flight started smoking. We have to run for our lives and traveled by road to Yaounde, we are disappointed.”
“Nigerians shouldn’t panic, we are aware of the antics and the plans to frustrate the group. However, this is the moment we need our High Commission and the Federation to give us adequate support. It will be a collective effort to conquer the hosts and we are determined to win.”
The Super Falcons defeated Bayana Bayana of South Africa 1-0 in a semi-final clash against South Africa, the Super Falcons will play hosts Cameroon for a rematch of 2014 edition in Namibia which Nigeria won 2 -0.
The players are currently lodged at the Djeuja Palace Hotel and expected to resume training on Thursday by 5pm local time at the Omnisport Stadium, Yaoundé