Some officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), have arrived in Ndola, Zambia, ahead of Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia.
The advance party was led by NFF’s head of competitions, Bola Oyeyode.
They are to ensure all the team’s logistics are in place, before they leave Nigeria Saturday morning.
Players and officials of the Super Eagles, are scheduled to leave the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport with some top officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, some members of the National Assembly, few members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management, some NFF staff and some stakeholders, including media representatives.
“We have allocated slots to some stakeholders because it is a chartered flight and a number of seats are available after the players and team officials have taken their seats,” NFF 2nd vice-president, Shehu Dikko, told AfricanFootball.
“The NFF is not paying anybody for being on the trip. We don’t have the money. All the stakeholders on the trip will be there simply to support the team during the game. We have told the persons involved that they will pay for their own board and lodging, and they have accepted to do that.”
Dikko, who is also Chairman of the League Management Company, added: “In the near future, we would look at the possibility of commercializing this kind of opportunity.
“If you give out, say 80 seats, to persons who can pay for them on 145 –seater aircraft, you can raise some good money for the team. It is a practice firmly in place in some climes.”