The Super Falcons and officials of Nigeria were held hostage at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, for over three hours by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC.
Still basking in the euphoria of the brilliant performance, the team landed at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport in Abuja armed with their Covid test results done less than 24 hours ago, but were held hostage by officials of the NCDC, who insisted that all players and officials must undergo another round of routine test before they will be allowed to leave the airport.
“it’s very frustrating, we had a two hours flight from the Ivory Coast to return here and we’ve already been in this room for almost two and half hours. It is very frustrating to come back home and have our players go through this, This nonsense on all this Covid test which we’ve already taken multiple times before the game and before we left, I don’t really understand it, but it’s very very frustrating.” Coach Randy said.
An official of the team who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NSM Media, that the Super Falcons were treated like foreigners in their own country.
“This is a national team that has brought honours to Nigeria by winning the African women’s Nations cup a record nine times, these players just defeated their Ivorian counterparts to qualifier for the Nations cup and all they got on arrival, is this inhuman treatment from officials of the NDDC. I think these girls deserve a better treatment he concluded”.
As at 2.30am when this reporter was putting this report together, the team was still at the airport.