Nigeria will not have their band of supporters cheering them on when they take on Zambia in Ndola Sunday in a World Cup qualifier after they were shut out due to wranglings among themselves.
There are two rival factions of the Nigeria Supporters’ Club and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) chose not to travel with them, insisting they first unite.
It even needed the intervention of the Nigerian sports minister before peace was restored at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja today after rival factions of the Nigeria supporters’ club rowed.
Sports minister Solomon Dalung urged the factions to come together.
“I feel very, very bad we are not travelling with supporters, but I will feel too bad if my people are not united,” he argued.
The chartered flight to Zambia took off at 6.24am Nigerian time with 126 people on board.
Besides the sports minister, other officials on the trip include NFF president Amaju Pinnick and 2nd vice-president Shehu Dikko.