The Falconets of Nigeria slept on the chairs and floor of the Airport while flying from Costa Rica to Nigeria.
The youngsters were knocked out of the tournament by Netherland in a 2-0 defeat at the quarter final stages in the early hours of Monday (WAT).
Meanwhile, as the team left the host nation, sufficient accommodation was not provided for the girls in Instabul where they are meant to have a 24-hour layover.
“Nigeria’s Falconets have been traveling from
Costa Rica since 6:30am on Monday,” as reported by top Nigerian Sports Journalist, Collins Udoh
“They’re now in Istanbul on a 24-hour layover and sleeping on the airport chairs and floor, or wherever they can find,” he added.
According to team officials, their tickets were booked for Tuesday evening on Avianca.
But the Colombian flag carrier rebooked the team on Turkish Air leading to a four-hour delay in Colombia. That, coupled with a stop in Panama meant the team missed their Tuesday connection flight.
NFF’s Leader of Delegation Ruth David tried in vain to ask the airline for accommodation, but without transit visas, the pleas accomplished nothing and the team were forced to spend 24 hours at the airport awaiting their connecting flight to Abuja