Falconets stranded on transit, sleep in Turkish airport

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

The Falconets of Nigeria have on their transit to Nigeria, after exiting the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, been left stranded in Turkey.

According to Colin Udoh, the team’s media officer, the Nigeria U20 Women’s team on transit since 6:30am on Monday, had to layover on chairs, floors or anywhere for 24 hours in Turkey.

Regrettably, with no transit visa, the Falconets who left the shores of Nigeria to defend her dignity on the international stage of football, were unable to leave the airport to get a favourable ambience in Turkey hotels after undoing a rigorous campaign in Costa Rica.

Udoh said, “Nigeria’s Falconets have been travelling from Costa Rica since 6:30am on Monday.

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“They’re now in Istanbul on a 24-hour layover and sleeping on the airport chairs and floor, or wherever they can find.

“With no transit visa, they can’t leave the airport to get a hotel,” he lamented.

Falconets had a blistering group campaign in Costa Rica where they recorded maximum points with the thumping of France, South Korea and Canada.

However, the Falconets were shot down by the Netherlands in a 2-0 loss, truncating their world cup campaign in the quarter-final.

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