By Sab Osuji In Brazzaville:
Those who have watched the U-23 national team here in Congo in the course of their ill-fated All Africa Games men’s football event gold medal hunt will discover that the Samson Siasia-led boys have played all their matches so far with only one set of jerseys.
Late evening visitors to the team’s camp will also discover that the players wash their jerseys after each match by themselves.
Then comes the issue of allowances, as none had been paid to them as at the time of the their crash to Burkina Faso in the semi-final of the All Africa Games.
Question is, who owns this U-23 team, the Nigeria Football Federation or the National Sports Commission?
Agreed that the NSC takes responsibility for sporting events such as this, but are the national teams also the property of the NSC?
Is it the responsibility of NSC to provide jerseys for the national teams even when the NFF have kit sponsors?
Rhe U-23 players are Nigeria’s semi senior national team and deserve better kitting and care.