The Super Falcons of Nigeria secured their ticket to the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) following a 1-0 away win against the Lady Elephants of Ivory Coast on Wednesday.
The Falcons’ players and officials took to return to Nigeria right after with plans to continue their celebrations but were denied entry into Abuja upon their arrival.
The Randy Waldrum girls would be denied entry at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport for several hours by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on issues of COVID-19 clearance.
Reports claim the airport officials demanded for bribes to clear the team despite they all had tested negative at the Abidjan airport before they were allowed to leave Ivory Coast.
Multiple sources also report a player fainted at the airport while some others shed tears were before they were released around 04:00 hours this morning.