By Christian Okpara, Uyo
ANGERED by the poor outing of the Super Eagles at the Uyo Stadium on Wednesday, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, stormed off the venue immediately after the game, lamenting that the team has not justified all the resources his state has been putting into hosting their games.
Akpabio said repeatedly as he stormed out of the venue saying: “this is rubbish. They shouldn’t bring this kind of nonsense here again. It is a shame that a country like Nigeria is being disgraced by teams like Uganda. This is rubbish.”Before the Ugandans spoilt Nigerians’ day, Akpabio had frowned at the organization of the game, saying the stadium was near empty because fans were misled on the date of the game.
“We were told that the match will hold on Thursday, but the organisers changed the date without spreading the information around. Radio and television stations have been announcing Thursday as the day of the game and here we are playing today.”
An Akwa Ibom State officials told The Guardian that the government was compelled to go on air to draw people to the stadium with the gates thrown open for fans to enter free of charge.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) immediately after the match, met with the players to address the dwindling performance of the national team.
One of the sources at the meeting said the NFF was sad at the continued slide of the team, adding that the president, Amaju Pinnick, told the “team how he felt about the recent results, especially Nigeria’s inability to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the recent spate of bad results.
“He also made it clear the NFF board was ready to do whatever it takes to get Nigeria back on track at senior level, but expects the players to buckle up too.
He wants to make things right, but he has to read the riot act to the players,” he added.
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