The Embassy of Austria in Nigeria has denied key staff of the Super Eagles’ workforce entry visa into
their country for the team’s final phase camping programme billed to begin on Sunday.
Several months ago, the Nigeria Football Federation concluded arrangements with the world –renowned
Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, for the Eagles to put finishing touches to their World Cup program
there. They are billed to be there before flying to Yessentuki, the team base camp at the World Cup, on
Team Administrator Dayo Enebi Achor confirmed to thenff.com that the lead physiotherapist, Nnaemeka
Anozie and Equipment Manager, Chidi Ngoka, were denied visas by the Austrian Embassy in Abuja.
“We are stunned by the action of the Austrian Embassy. How will the team cope without the
physiotherapist and the equipment manager? Everyone is disappointed with this,” Achor said on Thursday.
Thenff.com notes that Anozie and Ngoka have been with the team for several years, including through the
Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series, and are integral part of the Super Eagles’ family.
It was learnt that team leaders were so furious they briefly contemplated cancelling the camping in
Austria and relocating the team to another country altogether.
Another team official fumed: “This is a big shock. Someone like Chidi Ngoka has been with the team for
several years and even attended the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments. Anozie has been with the
Eagles for many years as well, and earlier worked with the U17 National Team. Both of them have been to
several countries in different continents. We don’t know the reason for this action by the Austrian