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Moroccan authorities have reportedly denied landing permission for Enyimba’s chartered plane, which has sent shockwaves throughout the Nigerian football community.
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The , was scheduled to arrive in Casablanca ahead of the crucial fixture in the African Football League, AFL, against Wydad on Wednesday.
However, as Enyimba’s contingent left the shores of the country en route to the venue of the match, the Elephants encountered an unexpected and unsettling obstacle.
Per the latest report making the rounds, Moroccan authorities, for reasons that are yet to be fully clarified, denied the plane carrying the Nigerian team permission to land.
“We didn’t make the trip to Casablanca as earlier scheduled after the Moroccan authorities failed to issue a landed permit for a chattered aircraft from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport,” Enyimba said in a statement on Facebook.
The Elephants added that the team returned back to their hotel having spent six hours and 30 minutes in the air while awaiting clearance.
The decision to deny landing rights to a visiting football team has ignited a storm of controversy and condemnation from Nigerians.
Social media platforms have been inundated with messages expressing outrage and disappointment in response to this unexpected setback.
Many Nigerians view the incident as not just a sports-related matter but also a reflection of the broader relationship between the two nations while others accused Wydad of playing dirty tricks and mind games just to ensure they win.
Here are some of the reactions to the unfortunate situation in Morocco.
As a result of this latest antics from Wydad, the incident has opened up discussions on the need for enhanced communication and cooperation between football governing bodies, sports ministers, and governments to ensure that sporting events are not negatively affected by diplomatic issues.
Nigerians and football fans will await a resolution, as the situation unfolds, that will enable the beautiful game to continue serving as a source of joy, unity, and shared experiences.
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