The chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical and Development Committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, has bemoaned the failure of the Belgian embassy in Nigeria to issue entry visas to six home-based Super Eagles players and officials who are expected to be in Belgium for the international friendlies against DR Congo and Cameroon.
The players and officials were initially scheduled to travel last Sunday for the matches billed for Thursday and this Sunday, but they had not received their visas as as close of work on Tuesday and could end up not travelling.
According to thenff.com, Anyansi described the situation as shocking.
“We are shocked beyond words at the attitude of the Embassy of Belgium in Nigeria. This action is a strange one in international sports. Football preaches and spreads peace and love, but we are taken aback at the attitude of the Belgian embassy in Nigeria.”
He stated further: “This attitude of the Embassy of Belgium in Nigeria is not known to international sports. Our team’s preparedness for the only preparatory games ahead of the beginning of FIFA World Cup qualifiers has been unduly hampered. The team’s medical crew and other critical backroom staff are held back in Nigeria.
“This action is not just against a Football Federation; it is against an entire nation.”
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