Harambee Stars Were Economical With Their Itinerary – NFF Reviewed by Momizat on . The Assistant Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire has said that the Harambee Stars of Kenya were not forthcoming with their trave The Assistant Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire has said that the Harambee Stars of Kenya were not forthcoming with their trave Rating:
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Harambee Stars Were Economical With Their Itinerary – NFF

The Assistant Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire has said that the Harambee Stars of Kenya were not forthcoming with their travel details to the host federation.

Olajire was reacting to the complaints made by the Harambee Stars against the NFF ahead of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers saying Kenya is only out to dent Nigeria’s image.

The NFF official said the federation kept in touch with the Kenya Federation via email for over a week just to get the travel details of the team but there was no response, NFF was forced to start relating through the high commission of Kenya in Nigeria.

“For more than one week, we sent several mails to the Football Kenya Federation but they refused to respond to any. The NFF was forced to be relating with them through the Kenyan High Commission in Nigeria.

According to the Harambee Stars, there was no reception for the Kenya team when they arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

According to another NFF official, Bola Oyebode, Harambee Stars never had the intention to disclose its travel plans to the NFF as they were playing hide and seek about their travel arrangements.

“Our protocol officials were at the Lagos airport to receive them, and took them to the Silver Grandeur Hotel, which is not a substandard hotel as being claimed,” Olajire explained.

He said ever since the arrival of the Harambee Stars to Nigeria, there’s been complaints upon complaints and attitude being put up towards the NFF despite the fact that they have been treated like royalties since their arrival.

“Strangely, they arrived with attitude and they have carried on that way. On Thursday, we flew them to Calabar and they were received like royalty, with a performance by a cultural troupe thrown in. Yet, they carried on with complaints about almost everything, including questioning why the NFF took the match to Calabar.

“We played Namibia in Calabar in an earlier match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification series, and also played against Rwanda and Liberia there. None of these teams had anything to complain about.”

According to information that reached us all those communications to the Harambee Stars by the NFF had the World Football Governing Body copied in it and the Kenyan Embassy too as witnesses that the Kenya FA had been turning down communication.

And it was not until the afternoon of Monday that the Kenya FA wrote to the NFF to inform them of their arrival for Wednesday afternoon with limited information as there were no details of the names of the people coming while they stated that a 25-man delegation will coming in.

“They told us they were coming with a 25-man delegation, but didn’t give us any names, so we could not book the connecting flight to Calabar early, according Oyebode.

“When it was getting late, we used our relationship with the airline to book 25 seats with no names, only for them to arrive with a 35-man party.

“In their letter, they never said they wanted to train in Lagos. The arrangement was for them to come in and fly straight to Calabar. But their flight arrived at noon, and the flight to Calabar is usually at 11am.

“At no time did we discuss anything about a chartered aircraft. Even our own team, who are African champions, flew to Calabar on a regular commercial flight.”

Regarding the training ground, Oyeyode said the Kenyans picked the substandard ground on the advice of one of their ‘consultants’.

“We went out of our way to book the training pitch of the National Stadium in Surulere for them at very, very short notice.

“But they refused to go there, after they were advised by one their men on the ground here, and they chose that primary school to train.”

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  • http://twitter.com/bisayoonipede bisayo onipede

    They are just bunch of immatured fellows looking for excuses to back up their loss

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657221496 Musso Musvosvi

      speaking as a kenyan, by how much did we lose?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657221496 Musso Musvosvi

        Nigerians really did put up a shoddy job of hosting the kenyans, of course your liasion will say whatever BS to cover thheir back sides, but they forget that the rest of the world has cught up with them, including their con emails about money inmad up accounts! I live on Unity road, I know you nigerians….we all know they will never win the CAN for another 20 years!

        • Seniorstan

          Just for the sake of not calling you names, how on earth do you think that Kenyans are better than Nigeria? have you asked your self this question? why is it only your country that is ranting of ill treatment? Nigeria have hosted virtually many countries in qualifying game, yet none of them have complained, so ask your self this question, WHY IS IT ONLY YOUR COUNTRY THAT IS COMPLAINING? don’t you see that something is wrong some where, and never in your life do you compare yourself with Nigerians, you allowed Obama to be dictating for you and yet you claim that you guys are smart. please have some rest because the snow storm is really much,i don’t know where you are but you really need to step out of the snow storm in order for your head to be cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chukwuma-Nwachukwu/1017667769 Chukwuma Nwachukwu

    Nigeria 5 vs Kenya 0. Losers mentality at work. As if they will treat Nigeria with some respect when we get to their country. No Kenyan alive has ever seen Kenya beat Nigeria. They are just scared and they are ranting like little school kids. Nonsense!

  • teddy

    They are crazy to put whole blame on NFF, however Kenyans are very wicked. They so much hate Nigerians, the way i was treated as a Nigerian when i was on transit in their country was awful than other African countries, now they are paying for what they did to me.

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