*Will they allow their daughters do such road trip?
Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, has been criticised for allowing the national Under-20 Women’s team, the Super Falconets, travel from Abuja to Benin City, by road for their 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
Many stakeholders expressed anger at allowing the girls to go through the tortuous bad road, the risks of accidents, and its attendant inconveniences. A parent expressed her dismay to www.gongnews.net why the NFF could allow the team travel through the cumbersome and dangerous route from Abuja to Benin, when Benin City has an airport.
“The NFF didn’t show enough respect for the ladies. The NFF can never allow the Super Eagles travel by road for such distance. The girls deserve better treatment. It is absurd to make female players go through such torture especially as the road is very bumpy, full of pot holes and the reports of incessant armed robbery attacks on that route make it improper for the NFF to have exposed the girls to such.”
She demanded that, the NFF should not in the future force any of the national women’s team to travel by road in such a long distance. “It would have been easy to understand if there was no airport in Benin. I am sure that, majority of the NFF officials going for the same match will travel to Benin City by air transport while coming for the match between Nigeria and Tanzania.
The Tanzania national U-20 team is expected to arrive in Abuja on Thursday in a chartered flight and move straight to Benin City from there ahead of the Saturday match by air.