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SWAN protests Eaglets road trip to Niger

BY JUDE OPARA, Abuja

The Sports Writers Ass ociation of Nigeria (SWAN) has frowned at the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to transport members of the national U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets to Niamey the capital of Niger Republic by road.

The world champions are billed to leave the shores of Nigeria today for Niger to take part in the 2015 African U-17 championship which will equally serve as qualifier for the FIFA cadet championship slated for Chile later in the year.

Secretary General of SWAN, Andrew Abba told journalists yesterday in Abuja that the NFF has no business taking the team to a zone that has become notorious with activities of the dreaded Boko Haram.

Abba wondered why the federation could not take a proactive measure by flying the team to Niamey to avoid any regrettable eventuality.

He said his body has already complained to the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick to use his good offices to address the situation ahead of time.

The government of Niger Republic on Tuesday announced a 15 day curfew in the villages boadering Nigeria where the insurgents have been holding sway.


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