The Nigerians In Diaspora Organization, NIDOE-Austria, has describedas ‘misguided’ an attempt by an Austrian-based, self-acclaimedNigerian to harass and embarrass the Super Falcons while they were ona metro to the city centre in Vienna on Tuesday.
In a two-page letter signed by Subrinah Joy Dolischka (Office of theChairlady) and Deji Adeyemo (Office of the Secretary) and obtained bythe Nigeria Football Federation, NIDOE-Austria condemned in verystrong terms the assault by the fellow and insisted that they are“happy that the Falcon players chose Austria for their summer campingthis year.”
The organization was unambiguous in declaring “that harassing ourplayers on a train is misguided. Though he may not have attempted tophysically assault any of them, this action of verbal harassment wouldnot solve any problems in Nigeria. This action infringes on theirrights to dignity as guaranteed by Austria laws…though Austrian lawsguarantee freedom to protest and demonstrations, there are proceduresthat must be followed and this right is not a blanket provision toharass innocent and private individuals.”
The organization said it saw “no problems with the Falcons takingpublic transportation which are normally very comfortable and safe, toget a feel of how people live in Vienna,” expressing that it is“appalled over the actions of the fellow, no matter his motivationsand do hereby dissociate ourselves from his misguided action andcondemn it. This action is not representative of the Nigeria communityin Austria.
“We consider this action disturbing and unacceptable and regret thethe incidence took place in our otherwise peaceful and progress-lovingcommunity.
“We hope that despite this unfortunate incidence, the Falcons areenjoying themselves in Austria and their preparations for their comingThe tournament is progressing unaffected. We stand by them and wish themsuccess in the coming tournament and may they surge higher and higherin their bid to do us proud.”
The nine-time African champions, who have been in Austria for aneight-day training camp ahead of the upcoming Aisha BuhariInvitational Women’s Tournament taking place in Lagos in September,will fly out of Vienna on Saturday.
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