The second international friendly match in which the Super Eagles of Nigeria were to play against the Stallions of Burkina Faso in London has been cancelled.
This was after seven players from Burkina Faso were unable to secure entry visas into the United Kingdom. The other players are able to enter the UK.
Barrister Chris Green, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, while addressing the NFF in London said, “We regret to announce that the second friendly match we had scheduled for the Super Eagles as part of preparations for the remaining matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series and the beginning of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification race would no longer take place on Monday, 27th March 2017.”
The Super Eagles had on Thursday, 23rd March 2017, at the hive Stadium played a friendly match with Senegal and each team scored a goal. The Eagles were then to proceed to London to play another friendly match against Burkina Faso.
According to report, there is no British Embassy in Ouagadougou, and officials of the Federation Burkinabe de Football had to shuttle between Accra and Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso for visa processing.
According to Federation Burkinabe de Football sources, the Embassy in Accra told them last week to proceed to Morocco where they played against the Moroccan National Football Team (Atlas Lions) and that the visas would be issued there.
However, the applications were still pending review at the British Embassy in Morocco as at close of work on Friday, the last working day before match day in London.
Federation Burkinabe de Football on Friday, 24th March 2017 placed a call across to the match organizers in United Kingdom to say some of their players and officials would not be able to come over for the match because of their inability to secure entry visas into the United Kingdom.