It has been revealed that international sport broadcast channel, Supersport was responsible for the travel cost of the Super Eagles from Abuja in Nigeria to Ndola in Zambia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The Nigeria Football Federation, who are reportedly broke and were almost failing to secure finance for the trip, announced on Thursday that major partner Supersport paid the charter cost of the 148 –seater ARIK Air plane that conveyed the delegation to and from Ndola, in addition to paying ticket refunds for the overseas –based players.
“The gesture from Supersport was heartwarming, but we have always known the organization to be that responsive and of noble intentions. We thank our other sponsors as well, because at all times we must praise them for being there.” NFF president Amaju Pinnick said in a statement.
First half goals by Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho gave Nigeria a 2-1 victory over Zambia on Sunday. Nigeria tops the group after Algeria and Cameroon played out a draw in the other game.
It could be recalled that Nigeria’s Dream Team were stranded in the United States ahead of the 2016 Olympics. After winning bronze medal at the Games, the Samson Siasia led side were given a reward of 390 000 dollars by Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu.