The Nigeria Football Federation officials have said a player and some officials scheduled for two Super Eagles friendly matches in France and Luxembourg later this month have been denied visas by the French embassy.
The NFF said the games are being threatened by denial of entry visa to the only home-based player, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, two coaches and administrative officials of the three-time African champions.
The NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi said, “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 protocol officials revealed on Wednesday that about 60 per cent of the passports taken to the embassy on Friday, April 29, have been returned without visas.
The Eagles will face Mali’s Les Aiglons in Rouen, France on Friday, May 27 before engaging the national team of Luxembourg in Luxembourg on Wednesday, June 1.
The FA officials added on Wednesday that all arrangements for the two matches, including payments for stadia use, training facilities and hotel accommodation had been concluded by the organisers.
In England Odion Ighalo scored for the first time in 13 matches, converting Troy Deeney’s low cross in the Premier League match against Norwich. Watford were trailing 3-1 before his goal.
And in Russia, Nigeria international Ahmed Musa scored in the country’s Premier League side CSKA Moscow 3-1 win at Ural on Wednesday to remain top of the league with 59 points from 28 games and move closer to reclaiming the title.
CSKA are now four points clear of their closest rivals and defending champions Zenit St. Petersburg with two rounds of matches still to be played, Africanfootball.com reports.
A win at home against Krasnoder on Monday will confirm the Russian army club champions again.
Ahmed Musa scored in the 70th minute to seal the victory and take the game beyond the hosts Ural, who paraded Nigeria forward Sylvester Igboun. The Jos-born star has