- United States embassy has denied the visa applications of seven players of the Nigeria’s beach soccer team
- The embassy issues visas to five of the twelve Sand Eagles players and four officials
- The players who were denied visas will now require transit visa to attend the Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas
Nigeria’s dream to compete at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 may have suffered a major setback.
This follows report on The Cable that the United States embassy has denied the visa applications of seven players of the Nigeria’s beach soccer team.
It was gathered that the players require transit visa to attend the Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas.
According to the report, the US embassy issued visas to five of the twelve Sand Eagles players and four officials.
The five players who were given the transit visa include the captain, Olawale Isiaka, Ibenegbu Ikechukwu, Godspower Igudia, Suleiman Ogodo and Paul Danjuma.
One of the players denied is Abu Azeez who was also denied the Portuguese visa to attend the 2011 World Cup.
However, it was gathered that officials of the Nigerian Football Federation(NFF) are poised to write a protest letter to FIFA, the organisers of the championship, as the team needs to be fully complete to be able to participate in the tournament.
NAIJ.com recalls that only seven of the beach soccer players were given visas to attend the World Cup in Portugal.
Nigeria Sand Eagles have been drawn in Group B alongside Italy and Mexico.
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