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Sports News of Wednesday, 24 August 2022


Missed flight, NFF deny reports the Falconets were stranded in Turkey

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied widespread reports that the U-20 Women's team, Falconets were stranded at a Turkish Airport in Istanbul.

Media reports in the early hours of Wednesday morning pictured team members sleeping on chairs, while others slept on the floor at the Instanbul Airport following their elimination from the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica.

Reacting, the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has described the widespread reports as misleading.

He explained in an interview with The Punch that the team missed their flight from Istanbul to Nigeria and had to layover for the next flight.

“The Falconets were not stranded in Turkey; to say the girls were stranded is a mischievous statement. It’s the fault of the airline,” he told The PUNCH.

“By the time they arrived in Istanbul, the connecting Turkish Airline flight that was supposed to convey them from Turkey to Abuja had left and the Falconets had to wait for the next flight.”

Mr. Sanusi added that the girls are currently on their way to Nigeria.

The Falconets were knocked out of competition in the quarter-finals after they lost by 2-0 to the Netherlands on Sunday, August 21.