Nigerian football fans have cried out over the denial of visa to Egypt by Egyptian authorities for the return leg of the AFCON2017 qualifiers between Nigeria and Egypt on Tuesday.
According to the President General of the Nigerian Football and Other Sports Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, the Egyptian authorities have equally withheld the passports of Nigerian supporters.
“This decision by the Egyptian embassy is embarrassing and can’t help football to grow.”
He said that the Nigerian supporters submitted their passports over a week ago but the Egyptian authorities have deliberately denied them visas.
” It was a deliberate act to deny us the visas because we’ve submitted our passports over a week ago to their home office, they told us that they were going to confirm from their main office in Egypt. But as I am speaking to you now they didn’t give us the visas; and they are equally withholding our passports.”
“I raised this alarm last Thursday that the embassy are trying to play pranks, now they have done the worse. When my secretary and some other members visited their office there was nobody to attend to them, except the securities at the gate, the chartered aircraft is about leaving for Egypt now; and which means no member of the supporters will travel to Egypt. And the most annoying thing now is that they refused to release our passports.”