Sunshine still in the dark over arrival date from Mali
…Trapped Nigerian club calls for prayers
By Our reporter
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Players and officials of Sunshine Stars International Football Club of Akure, who are trapped in Bamako, Mali, are in disarray as they are helpless on their return journey to Nigeria after their last weekend 1-1 CAF Champions League Round first leg encounter against Djoliba Athletic Club of Mali.
Report in the landlocked country in Western Africa suggests that the team may not get back to Nigeria until Monday May 7, 2012, as that is the tentative date given to re-open the Aeroport International Airport, Bamako, Senou which has been hijacked by the rebels who are fighting against government forces.
The Mali Football Federation has taken charge of the extra days cost of the club, which has to do with feeding and accommodation at the team Hotel Columbus. However, the Ondo State Football Agency Chairman, Segun Adagunodo, appealed to the international community to pacify on the Malian authorities to consider the team because the situation at hand was pathetic.
While reacting to the situation, the right full back, Ofem Inah and goalkeeper Segun Oluwaniyi, both appealed to Nigerians to pray for them, so that they return to Nigeria unhurt and they noted: “The situation is terrible because we never thought such ugly thing will befall us, the situation is very critical and we are not happy about it, we just want to appeal to Nigerians to remember us in prayers. With God, we believe we will return to Nigeria safely hopefully before Monday.”
The team initially planned to leave Bamako by road but, have a rethink as they are not too sure of their safety travelling back to Nigeria by road which will last them two to three days.