Nigeria's international friendly with Burkina Faso has been called off over visa troubles
Posted: 26 March 2017 Time: 11:20
Nigeria’s friendly international against Burkina Faso in London on Monday has been called off because seven of the Burkinabe players were unable to secure visas to Britain.
The match was scheduled for the Hive Stadium where Nigeria and Senegal played to 1-1 draw in another friendly on Thursday despite both countries also having problems with some players getting entry into Britain.
“The match in question is called off due to no fault of either the organizers or the Nigeria Football Federation,” said NFF technical committee chairman Chris Green.
“The Burkinabe Football Federation on Friday telephoned 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.”
Both countries were using the game to prepare for the start of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers in June and the resumption of World Cup qualifiers in August.