Billionaire businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah is paying for the chartered flight that will convey the Super Eagles to Alexandria for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Tuesday, fcnaija has been informed.
Ubah, 44, was said to have offered the Nigeria Football Federation a loan before the game against Egypt in Kaduna to travel on a chartered flight to Egypt, rather than go by a regular commercial airline.
He also visited the Super Eagles’ Africa Continental Hotel camp on Saturday, where he gifted the players and coaching staff $8,000 and $5,000 respectively after the 1-1 draw with Egypt, and he also reiterated his pledge to pay for a chartered plane to Alexandria for the return leg.
It remains unclear at this point the exact nature of the agreement with the NFF, but the Glass House have since confirmed that the team would now be travelling on a chartered flight, as against the initial plan of travelling via Egypt Air.
The NFF had earlier planned to fly the team to Egypt via Egypt Air, citing paucity of funds for the failure to secure a chartered flight for the trip, but with Ubah’s intervention, the team will now leave Abuja today aboard a chartered Arik Air flight directly to Alexandria, venue of the must-win match for the Super Eagles.