Cameroon continues hide-and-seek with Nigeria
Posted: 26 August 2011 Time: 7:55 pm
The delegation of Cameroon to Saturday's London 2012 Olympic Games qualifying match against Nigeria has been up to one game or the other since arriving in the country midnight on Wednesday.
FECAFOOT sent a one-woman advance party, who arrived in the country on Tuesday, but instead of linking up with the Nigeria Football Federation, she went straight to the High Commission of Cameroon in Abuja and kept the NFF in the dark on her presence in the capital. While NFF officials were making assiduous efforts to find out when the Cameroonian contingent would arrive in Nigeria, for the purpose of giving good reception to our neighbours to the east, the woman, who is chairperson of the Women's Football Committee of FECAFOOT, was busy plotting how to hide the team from everyone. NFF top shots had to be woken up at midnight when the Cameroonian delegation landed in Lagos with a team doctor who has a French passport and therefore required entry visa into Nigeria. While the NFF made accommodation arrangements at Chida International Hotel, the one-woman advance party spirited the contingent away to another place, and she made no apologies for this irregular behaviour at Friday's pre-match meeting. It is now resolved that despite making arrangements well ahead and paying for un-used accommodation and food, the NFF would now have to take care of its own delegation during the return leg in Cameroon on October 22.
"We did everything to ensure the comfort of our brothers and sisters from Cameroon, but unfortunately, they had their own plans. There is nothing we can do other than to prepare for the worst when we travel to Yaounde in October," said NFF's Director of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.