Leadership (Abuja)

5 August 2012

Nigeria: Fifa U20 World Cup - Japan Embassy Denies Nigerian Visa

Nigerians intending travelling to Japan to support her national U20 Women's team, the Falconets in the FIFA World Cup may not be able to do so as the Japanese Embassy in Abuja is on the verge of denying them the necessary visa needed to make the all important trip for the tournament which will kick off on August 19 to 8 September.

Affected mainly are members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club and Other Sports who are protesting the shoddy treatment the Embassy meted out to its members several of whom are in London supporting Team Nigeria in the on-going Olympics.

The applications for the visas had been submitted over two weeks ago ,but officials of the Embassy had been playing hide and seek with us .We are scheduled to travel by next week for the competition which is starting on August 19 but up till now we don't even know our fate.

Secretary General of the club,Rev Ikpeya Samuel told our correspondent that due to the frustration on the part of the Embassy he had to jets home from the London Olympics to attend to the incessant and unnecessary demand of the Japanese who are hell bent in thwarting effort of the club in cheering the Falconets to victory in the female world cup.

"We gave them all the necessary documents since over two weeks ago .All their requirement were met by us but interestingly they have been playing funny with us with boundless demands .It has been so frustrating for us .We don't really know what they are up to" He lamented

The Falconets have not won the cup though they were runners up in 1989 and 2005 the team is currently in South Korea preparatory to the tournament under the watchful eyes of coach Edvin Okon.

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