Spokesman and media coordinator of the team Idah Peterside told KickOffNigeria.com that the players were left at the airport for two hours and many want to believe that it was a ploy to frustrate the team.
“Out of 14 players that arrived, only three were let through immigration. The rest were held back because they did not have return tickets and we are wondering why they did that,” Peterside said.
“There was no member of the South Africa Football Association (Safa) there. It was left to a Nigerian who works at our embassy, a certain Amokachie, to do his best to ensure that our players got through immigration.
“I thought that since all the players had e-tickets, then immigration would have no reason to insist on return tickets, but they refused,” Peterside fumed.
He told KickOffNigeria.com that only Yakubu Aiyegbeni, John Utaka and Chris Obodo had return tickets and were let through immigration.
“You know they almost missed their connecting flight and we are not happy about the two hour delay at the airport.”
Idah said they had already lodged a complaint, but that there has been no a formal apology from Safa as yet.
“They later sent one Mr. David, who apologised saying he was actually at the airport but did not have a pass to go in and help us out.”