Training crisis delay Djurtus arrival, team hit Abuja today
Players and officials of Guinea-Bissau are scheduled to arrive Abuja on Wednesday (today) following the team’s inability to train on Monday evening due to an electricity problem at the National Stadium on September 24, Bissau, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The team was initially expected to arrive Nigeria Tuesday, but the Guinea-Bissau Football Federation wrote on their Facebook page that the squad instead arrived in Dakar, Senegal same day and would now arrive Abuja today.
“The national team leaves the capital Bissau this morning (Tuesday) heading for Dakar, the capital of Senegal, where the players will stay and train, before departing for Nigeria to face the local team in the third match of Group A of the CAN 2023 qualifiers to be held in Ivory Coast.
“Cande’s players, who arrived in the country (Guinea Bissau) early Monday morning, were supposed to hold training Monday afternoon in Bissau, at the National Stadium September 24, but due to the lack of lighting in the stadium, the training became inconclusive.
“Djurtus will spend the night in Dakar, and in the afternoon (Tuesday) they will have a training session. Tomorrow (today) Wednesday, March 22, national team will proceed to Nigeria.”
President of the federation, Carlos Teixeira, has, however, launched an investigation into what led to the light failure at the stadium.
“In a press conference held today, Tuesday, March 21, the top leader of the football federation demanded a critical and responsible investigation, as a way to bring to the public the author of this act of sabotage,” a statement on the federation’s Facebook page read.
“On the same path of repudiation, the Guinean King’s supreme sports manager addressed the matter with the sports minister and who in turn also expressed his displeasure with it.
“The Guinean football leader pointed out a group of people who are in meetings in secret locations in order to sabotage the direction under his administration.
“For the federation strongman, this act of preventing the national team from training last night is one that can pinch the country’s visibility in front of international partners.”
The Eagles are scheduled to play the Djurtus in a two-legged affair as they bid to book their place at the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast next year.
The first leg holds at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on March 24, before the Eagles travel to Guinea Bissau for the second leg March 27.
Nigeria currently top Group A with six points, following a win over Sierra Leone in Nigeria, before thrashing Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 away from home.
Victories in the double-header clash against the visitors will help the three-time Africa champions pick the ticket to Ivory Coast next year.