Ahead of this month’s friendly internationals, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appealed to the Embassy of France in Nigeria with regards to issuance of visas to one player and technical and administrative officials of the Super Eagles, Vanguard reports.
Nigeria’s matches against Mali and Luxembourg are thus far being threatened by denial of entry visa to the only home–based player (Ikechukwu Ezenwa), two coaches and administrative officials of the Super Eagles as the team is set to camp in Rouen, France.
“We are appealing to the Embassy of France in Nigeria to reconsider its stance and issue visas to these officials. They are going to Europe for very important assignments as the two matches are key to the preparation of the Super Eagles for future engagements,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said on Wednesday.
NFF protocol officials further informed press that about 60 per cent of the passports taken to the embassy on Friday, 29th April were returned without visas.
The Super Eagles play Mali’s Les Aiglons in Rouen, France on Friday, 27th May before engaging the National Team of Luxembourg in Luxembourg on Wednesday, 1st June. All arrangements for the two matches, including payments for stadia use, training facilities and hotel accommodation have been concluded by organizers of the games.