Harambee Stars complain of ‘mistreatment’ in Nigeria

Team Head Hussein Terry confirms to Goal.com that they have been mishandled since setting foot in Lagos - no access to training venue and being served bad food

By Goal.com Staff

Harambee Stars officials have complained bitterly the manner Nigeria Football Associaction (NFA) have treated the team since arriving in Lagos for the World Cup qualifying match against the Africa champions on Saturday.

Kenya Head of Delegation Hussein Terry complained the manner the team was treated, ranging from lack of training field; a substandard hotel and bad food that saw all the players boycott an early lunch that had a lot of chilly.

"Since we landed in Lagos no official from Nigeria federation was around to receive the team. Furthermore, we have been booked in a very substandard hotel and denied access to training venue. We might be forced to lodge a complain with world governing body Fifa," Terry told Goal.com from Lagos.

Star’s coach Adel Amrouche read malice in the fact that there was no means to Calabar and yet the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) had promised to get a chartered plane for Stars from Lagos to Calabar after they decided to shift the match from initial venue Abuja.

He said that the change of plans was meant to disorganize Stars programme as they were to start twice a-day training in Calabar on Wednesday in preparation for the match, but noted that it would not work in advantage of the hosts.

However, NFA official Mathew Okeneke said that after Airline Company Arab Contractors stopped operating in the route, there was only one flight to Calabar from Lagos, which leaves at 11am every day.

First choice custodian Arnold Origi and striker Christian Bwami also joined the team from their bases in Norway and were beaming with confidence.

Stars were booked at a Three Star hotel called Silver Grandeur Hotel in Ajao Estate at the heart of Lagos and trained at a nearby ground later in the afternoon.

When approached by the Nigerian journalists, Amrouche talked positively about Stars opponents and lauded their coach, but noted that ‘football was a game of three results and any team would pick any result.’

“I sincerely want to congratulate Coach Steven Keshi for winning the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, it is a great achievement for any coach, but about the World Cup qualifier I will only talk after the Saturday match, because football is all about the 90 minutes,” said Amrouche.