ABUJA – Problems with flight arrangements stopped Mali’s senior female football team from leaving Bamako for Nigeria for their match with their Nigerian counterparts, an official said on Friday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Malians were scheduled to take on the Super Eagles on Saturday in a first qualifying fixture’s first leg match in Abuja.
The fixture is for the Women’s Football Tournament of the 2016 Olympic Games scheduled for Rio in Brazil.
Mali’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mahamane Maiga, told NAN that the team’s handlers could not get a flight to put on board their players for the crucial game.
“We had a problem of flight. There were 28 persons, including players and officials, but they could not find a commercial plane to book flights for the journey to Nigeria.
“We don’t have money to hire a private plane. Commercial flight was the only option they have and I don’t know if there is another issue or if they will shift their game,” he said.
NAN reports that the Falcons have now automatically qualified for the third round of the qualifiers, with the first leg coming up mid-July.
The final round of the qualifiers is scheduled for October.(NAN)
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