By Jacob Ajom
The Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi and the President of the Nigeria Football Federation Aminu Maigari were the unexpected absentees at the Cape Town Stadium when the Super Eagles took on the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the third place match of the African Nations Championship yesterday.
The two officials who were in Bloemfontein when the Eagles lost on penalties to the Black Stars of Ghana Wednesday night left the Free State capital for Nigeria the morning after.
‘’Both of them were expected to stay, if the Eagles had qualified for the final,’’ a team official told Sunday Vanguard Sports in Cape Town yesterday morning.
The minister who left soon after handing the players $100,000 gift gave the impression he was going to Cape Town.
For Maigari, his departure was sudden because he too was to stay till the end of the tournament. But the NFF hierarchy was represented by Chris Green, head of the technical committee.
Even members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club were not on the stands when the Super Eagles played Zimbabwe as they left Cape Town hours before the match.