Wednesday, May 11

NFF begs French embassy over denial of visas to officials

NFF begs French embassy over denial of visas to officials

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appealed to the French embassy in the country to reconsider its stance of not issuing visas to a Super Eagles player and some officials ahead of two friendly matches in Europe.

Nigeria’s matches against Mali and Luxembourg are being threatened by denial of visa to the only home-based player, two coaches, and administrative officials of the three-time African champions.

“We are appealing to the Embassy of France in Nigeria to reconsider its stance and issue visas to these officials,” Mohammed Sanusi, the federation’s general-secretary, said on Wednesday.

“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 protocol officials said about 60 per cent of the passports taken to the embassy had been returned without visas.

The Super Eagles will play Mali’s Les Aiglons in Rouen, France, on May 27, before engaging the national team of Luxembourg on June 1.

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