It is now revealed that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF could not have changed the super Eagles travel plan to Alexandria, Egypt without the support of extra funds.
Sources close to the NFF disclosed in Abuja yesterday that the football governing body got a loan from billionaire businessman and proprietor of Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club, Chief Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.
The source would, however, not disclose how much the loan amounted to and the conditions attached to it but said that the most important thing was that the NFF are able to move the team to Egypt by a more dignified way and on a chattered flight instead of a regular commercial flight.
The NFF had in a statement following the Super Eagles 1 – 1 draw against the Pharaohs on Friday confirmed that the travelling plans for the team had been altered.
The statement read in part, “Our travel plans to Alexandria, Egypt have been modified. We’ll now travel via chartered flight from Abuja Monday. Thanks for your support,” the NFF stated.
It would be recalled that former NFA secretary general, Alhaji Sani Ahmed Toro raised the alarm over NFF’s decision to fly the Super Eagles on a commercial flight to Egypt and worse still, on Egypt Air which could backfire considering that their team was playing against the Eagles in a crucial qualifier.