By Paul Bassey
In order to whip up support for the country, one of the things the NFF did was to write to states asking that the associations should endeavour to come to Angola and support the Eagles.
Some states responded positively and sent delegations. Tuesday in Lubango, one of the chairmen of the state association called to say that he did not know what was happening and that he did not see any sign of Nigeria anywhere. Again, he has been having problems communicating. The following conversation then ensued.
â€œ Where exactly are youâ€
â€œ Cabinda? What are you doing in Cabinda?â€
â€œ Is this not where we are playing?â€
â€œ Who is we?â€
â€œThe Super Eaglesâ€
â€œ Who told you we are playing in Cabinda? My friend before the rebels deal with you, you better get out of that place fastâ€
The story has it that he managed to pay his way back to Luanda then took a flight to Lubango where he watched the Eagles against Mozambique and decided that he has had enough. As you are reading this he is back to Nigeria.
Etuhuâ€™s tooth ache
Nigeria is one of the teams that are giving the media
night mare here. OneÂ BBC journalist told the story of how he was scheduled to interview a Nigerian player but has not been able to do so, four days on. If this can happen to a BBC reporter you can imagine the fate of Nigerian reporters here. Media is so important in competitions like this; that is why of the two phone facilitiesÂ that CAF gives out to teams, one is for the head of delegation, the other is for the teamâ€™sÂ media officer.
Take the case of the first match when Nigerians nearly killed Amodu for not starting Osaze against Egypt. Unknown to them, the player was indisposed medically ( although a lot of people still argued that a half fit Osaze would have been better than some who played )
Against Mozambique, again unknown to Nigerians, Etuhu had to play with a severe tooth ache, and this partly explained his substitution. For a big team like Nigeria, media interactions should not be toyed with. Daily press conferences in the team hotel eliminates rumours and prevents the acquisition of information through unconventional means, information that the Federation will now struggle to either refute or correct.
They are arriving…
Trust Nigerians, no story of hardship will keep them
away from Nigeria especially when it has to do with being part of the glory train.
On Wednesday, as Nigeria was playing Mozambique in Lubango, news came from the Nigerian Embassy in LuandaÂ that a fifteen man delegation from one of the states in Nigeria has arrived. More I gathered, are still on their way.