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NFF Blames SAFA, As Broos Admits Awful Trip To Uyo

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos admitted the trip to Uyo was awful, but feels it won’t be an issue ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Nigeria tonight.

South Africa travelled by charter to Nigeria on Wednesday but ended up with a delayed flight and spent 18 hours before arriving at their base in Uyo.

There was suggestions of foul play as they spent the evening in the Port Harcourt Airport with no delegation awaiting their arrival, which the Nigerian Football Federation Chief Emmanuel Ayanbunmi stated was a mishap of the South African Football Association.

“The problem has nothing to do with the NFF. As at the time they said they were taking off, it took them a further five hours to actually depart from South Africa,” he said, as per Naija Times.

“We were not informed. We had informed officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service and other relevant agencies in Lagos to expedite action on the formalities for them.

“It was less than two hours to landing that they contacted us to say that the landing right they got was for Port Harcourt International Airport and not the MMA in Lagos.

“We had to quickly get in touch with officials of NMS and other agencies in Port Harcourt and mobilise people to ensure smooth formalities for them.

“Having completed all immigration formalities, they wanted to take off for Uyo but were informed that the Obong Victor Attah Airport only operates from sunrise to sunset, and so that was not possible.

“The NFF immediately mobilised resources for them to comfortably spend the night in Port Harcourt.”

Broos admits it was less than ideal, having initially praised the SAFA for investing in a charter airline for the squad to avoid issues they faced, but he feels it won’t hinder them going into the clash on Friday evening at the Godswil Akpabio Stadium.

“That’s a pity, we had an awful travel to Nigeria but I feel the motivation is so high in this group that it will not be a problem, they slept in the afternoon and evening, so I think we will be ready,” Broos told SAFA media.

“There were a few players at the beginning of the week with a few injuries, physical problems but we have a good medical staff, they treated, they trained, it won’t be a problem.”

The two sides meet this evening at 21h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.