Nigeria, Burkina Faso friendly cancelled

The NFF on its part dissociated itself from the failure of a plan to streamed live the Senegal friendly match to interested Nigerians.

Nigeria's friendly with Burkina Faso in London tonight has been called off after several Burkina Faso players failed to gain visas in time.

"We are happy that the NFF President is here and spoken very well, and we want to assure Nigerians that we will keep up the momentum in the World Cup qualifying race and at the same time go all out for the Cup of Nations ticket".

However, Burkina Faso were forced to withdraw from their scheduled match against Nigeria in Barnet, England, on Tuesday morning (NZ time) after seven of their players failed to gain United Kingdom visas.

According to the NFF's official, Mr. Chris Green, the cancelled friendly was "no fault of either the organisers or the Nigeria Football Federation".

"FBF on Friday by 7 p.m. United Kingdom time called the match organisers 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".

"There is no British Embassy in Ouagadougou, and officials of the Federation Burkinabé de Football had been shuttling between Accra and Ouagadougou for visa processing", they commented in a statement.

But the applications weren't processed when the British embassy in Morocco closed on Friday, the last working day before match day in London.

But the Super Eagles had a head start with their new manager Gernot Rohr, at the helm since August.

Nigeria's young and vibrant squad is thinking of little else apart from qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, so says stand-in Captain Eddy Ogenyi Onazi.

With six points Nigeria now leads their group with four points ahead of Cameroon and Zambia.

  • Leroy Wright