By Gracious Akujobi
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is making arrangement to charter an aircraft that will fly the Super Eagles direct to Addis Ababa for the crucial first leg of the World Cup play-off. The aircraft is expexted to return home immediately after the match.
Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme, Director of Technical at the NFF headquarters who disclosed this said going on a chartered flight will enable the players beat the high altitude of Ethiopia.
“The idea is to storm Addis Ababa 48 hours to the game and leave as soon as possible before the weather gets the better of the players. We are not taking chances with the match”
“It will take us two weeks to get acclimatized with the high altitude of Addis and since we cannot afford such luxury, our best bet is to get there on the eve of the match and leave immediately” he said.
This is not the first time NFF officials will have to charter a flight for the team. It will be recalled that they travelled to Malawi, Rwanda and Liberia on chartered flights.