The Nigeria Football Federation 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 ahead of two international friendly matches in Europe at the end of this month.
Nigeria’s matches against Mali and Luxembourg are being threatened by denial of entry 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. 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 said on Wednesday that about 60 per cent of the passports taken to the embassy on Friday, 29th April have been 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 the organizers.