The 60 selected players from the screening exercise of the Nigeria U-17s are presently camped in the hostel of the FIFA Goal Project, a facility infested with mosquitoes and without electricity supply.

Owngoalnigeria Ahmed Ishaya who visited the team’s camp yesterday evening gathered from officials of the team and some players that the facility have no provision for public power supply and they only get to use electricity when the power generating set is turned on.


“We don’t have light here to power the fans for ventilation,charge our phones or other devices unless the power generator is turned on and sometimes we go days without light if there’s no fuel in it.

“The officials and players have to trek to villages far off to charge our phones and when you look at the bushy surroundings naturally you expect mosquitoes to breed well and that is the case, we have no choice than to sleep with them all over us”, a disgruntled official told Owngoalnigeria.com.

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We gathered the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is cash strapped at the moment and for now can’t afford to cater for 60 players in a facility better than the hostel of the FIFA Goal Project.

Despite the inconveniences the players currently been assembled by coach Manu Garba have impressed on lookers with their performance especially the core of the team comprising of 22 players who are usually the first batch to train every morning.

*Ahmed Ishaya