The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has dismissed a report in a national sports daily detailing the poor living conditions in the camp of the Super Eagles ‘B’ in Pretoria South Africa.
The reporter, on Wednesday January 13th 2016 alleged that there were Inferior kits used by the Eagles at the pre-CHAN camp and “distractions here and there,” in the camp ahead of the 4th African Nations Championship.
However, in a swift reaction to counter this claim, the NFF assistant director, of Communications, Ademola Olajire, in a statement described the report as one “littered with so much falsehood” that “it is clear the reporter was out to cause disaffection and damage morale” in the camp.
The statement read: “The Super Eagles ‘B’ delegation is heading to Rwanda on Friday (15th January). This report has come out at this time to demoralise players and officials ahead of the championship.
“It is a shame that while the NFF is doing everything to keep the team happy and focused, and every stakeholder in Nigeria is wishing the team well, a reporter would be so committed to bringing down morale in the camp.
Also condemning the report was the media officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye, who described the report as “the handwork of a detractor,” stating that the reality on ground is far from that painted by the reporter.
Ibitoye said: “We don’t know where the story of ‘poor conditions’ is coming from. All the officials in camp have been commending the NFF for getting the team to train at such a world -class facility as the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.
“It is uncharitable and the height of mischief for anyone to describe the kits we are using now as inferior. They are among the best anywhere in the world. The team has played two friendly matches, drawing one and winning the other. We are all in very high spirits and we are praying that the team gets it right in Rwanda in order to make the NFF and Nigeria proud.”