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NFF chides SAFA over poor treatment of Super Falcons in Pretoria

Posted : 12 April 2024

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that the South African Football Association (SAFA) shirked their responsibility towards the Super Falcons after failing to secure the 2024 Paris Olympics ticket.

It will be recalled that with a 1-0 win over the Banyana Banyana in Abuja last Friday, the Super Falcons dug their heels into the ground to secure a favourable scoreless draw, which qualified Nigeria for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time in 16 years.

According to Ruth David, the NFF’s Director of Competitions, the South African Football Association authorities abandoned the Super Falcons immediately after Tunisian referee Dorsaf Ganouati’s final whistle confirmed that Nigeria, and not South Africa, would be joining Brazil, Spain, and Japan in Group C of this year’s Olympic Tournament.

“SAFA officials made it clear that we were thenceforth on our own. They said the bus would not move us to anywhere again, that their responsibilities ended with the final whistle.

"They only took us back to the hotel and no longer detailed security personnel for the delegation.

“We must commend the Charge d’Affaires at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, Mr. Alexander Tope Ajayi, for all his efforts.

“He made the team feel comfortable and at home right from our arrival, organized dinner for the team, and mobilized and provided transport for Nigerians based in Pretoria to come to the stadium and support the team.

He also organized transport and saw the team off to the airport on departure,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s delegation to South Africa for Tuesday’s Women’s Olympic Football Tournament final qualifying game flew back to the country on Wednesday night.

While most of the players and Coach Randy Waldrum left for their different bases directly from Johannesburg, eight players and the other team officials flew back to Lagos on Wednesday night aboard a South African Airways flight.

Captain Rasheedat Ajibade’s well-taken penalty separated the two leading African women's teams over both legs and sent the Falcons to France, while the Banyana will miss a second Olympics after their only previous appearance in London 12 years ago.


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