Burkina Faso VS Nigeria Friendly Cancelled Over UK Visa Issues
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said, Burkina Faso’s friendly against Nigeria in London next week has been cancelled because of visa issues affecting travelling players from Burkina Faso.
The NFF said on Sunday that seven Burkina Faso players failed to secure British entry visas, forcing Monday’s football match at Barnet in north London to be shelved.
Nigeria were using the match as part of preparations for their remaining qualifiers for the World Cup 2018 and Africa Cup of Nations 2019.
NFF official Chris Green said the cancellation was “no fault of either the organisers or the Nigeria Football Federation”.
He added, “We will announce further plans for the Super Eagles’ preparation for these two important qualifying campaigns in due course,”
There is no British Embassy in Ouagadougou, and officials of the Federation Burkinabe de Football had been shuttling between Accra and Ouagadougou for visa processing. FBF sources said the Embassy in Accra told them last week to proceed to Morocco (where the Etalons played the Atlas Lions on Friday) and that the visas would be issued there.
However, the applications were still pending at the British Embassy in Morocco as at close of work on Friday, the last working day before match day in London.
The Burkinabe Football Federation on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7pm UK time called the match organizers to say some of their players and officials were unable to secure entry visas into the United Kingdom and therefore would not be able to honour the match.
On Thursday, Nigeria drew 1-1 with Senegal in the first of its two scheduled friendly matches in the British capital.
Morocco beat Burkina Faso 2-0 in a friendly in Marrakech on Friday.