27 December 2012

Nigeria: Faro Camp - Visa Stop Okonkwo, Papa Idris, Uche

Super Eagles hope for a successful outing at the next month Africa Cup of Nations Cup in south Africa has suffered temporary setback as Warri Wolves new acquisition, Chibuzor Okonkwo, who was listed among the home based players heading to the Faro, Portugal camp of the team, may have missed out due to visa hitches. The former Heartland of Owerri right back does not have a valid Shengen visa for the trip and it will take a minimum of 10 days to get that sorted out before he could join the team in camp.

The team's head coach, Stephen Keshi who disclosed this on Wednesday at the camp in his last weekly media parley with newsmen before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa hostilities, also revealed that Kano Pillars' Papa Idris and Enyimba's Henry Uche have been offered opportunity to hustle for shirts in the Faro camp and would be travelling with the team today.

He said the duo have been excellent in training despite the fact that the list of home based players for the camp has already been released.

Speaking further the former Super Eagles captain said the international friendly match against Catalonia, of Spain will afford his players opportunity to prove if they can challenge for the title in South Africa, even as he fears the weather may affect their performance. "I hear that 10 players from Barcelona will be part of the team, that is great news and it's an opportunity for my boys to show that they have the capacity to play against the best footballers in the world. The score line may not matter but we will not disappoint Nigerians."

On his goodwill message to Nigerians, Keshi urged Nigerians not to cease praying for the team as he foresees the team putting smiles on the faces of the numerous soccer fans in the country. "We need their support and prayers and hopefully we will put smiles on their faces at the end of the championship in South Africa."

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