Nigerian Players Denied Entrance Into Gabon

Gabonese authorities instructed Airport authorities to evacuate the Nigerian delegation, together with their luggage after they were aboard Gabon –bound ASKY Airline flight.

Nigeria’s National under-17 side Golden Eaglets were denied a flight into Gabon after they had already boarded a plane to the Central African nation

The Eaglets had to travel to Cotonou by road following the cancellation of Gabon bound flights from Lagos, having flew from Calabar where they have been camping

The Nigeria Football Federation has sent a strong letter of protest to the Confederation of African Football over Friday’s unsavoury incident in Lome, which saw Gabonese authorities disembark members of the U-17 National Team delegation from a Gabon –bound flight.

The delegation members, a team of 18 players and six officials, led by NFF Chief Technical Officer, Siji Lagunju,  were issued boarding passes on the  flight from Cotonou to Libreville, via Lome, only to be subjected to the harsh treatment after landing in the Togolese capital.

Accroding to the airline officials, Gabonese authorities instructed that the Nigerian delegation be offloaded from the aircraft alongside their luggage.

The NFF responded with a protest letter signed by NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, to CAF, which read:

CAF had not responded as at the time of filing this report.


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