A recent video which has gone viral showing where an assaulter abused members of the Super Falcons while on transit in a train in Vienna Austria has clearly shown that the Nigeria Football Federation lack the competence to provide adequate security for our players.
The training tour in Austria, was an initiative of the NFF. They were the organisers and at such should be held responsible for the security of the girls.
But that video clearly showed how members of the Super Falcons alongside the coach had to stand up in the train in an attempt to challenge the assaulter.
If that trip were to be for an invitational tournament, that alone should have excused the NFF and perhaps expectations should have been that the organisers should have made adequate private transportation and security for the team.
But it was a different situation entirely, as NFF did the planning from begin to end. The assaulter did not just abuse the girls, he practically accused them of being agents of terrorists. The sad incident clearly gives room to several questions such as:
What could have happened if the assaulter had a trigger on him and pulled it on any of the girls? Who was exactly responsible for the “side-seeing”? Why did the NFF not make provision for a private transportation for such trip? Could that trip via the train have been avoided? These among others continue to run through the minds of enthusiast.
NFF issued a statement afterwards, promising to unmask the assaulter. But whatever resources that could have been used in doing that would have rather been used to make arrangement for a private arrangement.
Austria is not a new terrain to the NFF. They had been there severally with either the Super Eagles or the Super Falcons in the past five years, perhaps giving room for it to be a preferred country for the tour. So why should NFF give room for such lapses.
NFF must take full responsibilities for the whole scenario and start by apologizing to the team first before extending same to the Nigerians as a whole.