BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Nigeria’s manager, Gernot Rohr, may have recommended to the Nigeria Football Federation to take future Super Eagles’ friendly matches away from the UK following the botched duel with Burkina Faso last Monday.
Egyptian website, Ahram reports that the difficulties in obtaining the British visa are the reason and the coach has recommended that future friendlies and camping should hold in continental Europe.
“I think it’s better to stay in Schengen, in Europe, than go to London where the people have problems. Even some players in our team couldn’t come, you know. They didn’t get the visa in time.”
Britain is not part of the Schengen zone, where there are no border controls between signatory countries and where international travellers require only a single visa for travel.
Currently, 26 European countries are part of the area. About seven of Burkina Faso players could not get visas to attend the match with Nigeria and the duel had to be called off.
Ahram Online which sourced its story from British agency, Reuters, reports Rohr lamenting absence of some Nigerian players owing to visa hitches.
Rohr said several of his players also found themselves unable to travel, including defenders Kingsley Madu, of Belgian side Zulte Waregem, and Musa Mohammed, who plays with Zeljeznicar Sarajevo.