The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday clarified why Nigeria’s U-20 Women’s team, Falconets overstayed for 24 hours in Istanbul following their exit from the Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
Falconets were en route to Abuja after bowing out of the tournament on Sunday, following a 0-2 loss to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals stage.
Pictures of the team sleeping on the floor at the Istanbul Airport surfaced on social media with fans blaming the Federation for negligence.
However, Demola Olajire, NFF’s Head of Communications, said in a statement, that the situation was due to the inability to secure transit visas for the team.
Olajire also reported Mohammed Sanusi, General Secretary of the NFF, as saying that the tickets were booked by FIFA and not the federation.
“The NFF did not book the team’s tickets from Costa Rica, FIFA did.
“FIFA also did not envisage the hitches that saw the team delayed for more than three hours in Bogota, and another one hour in Panama. By the time the team got to Istanbul, the flight to Abuja had left,” the statement added.