Players and Officials of the Senior Women’s National Team otherwise known as the Super Falcons were at the France Embassy in Abuja on Tuesday after arriving from the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The team who arrived on Monday night were mandated by the Embassy to report in person before they travelled for the tournament.
According to one of Sportinglife.ng sources, the directive was part of the conditions the Embassy gave the team before entry visa will be issued.
They wanted to be sure that no member of the team absconded during the tournament.
“It may sound funny or insulting that the whole national team will have to be subjected to such embarrassment. But they had no choice but to comply, said a source privy to the visit.
Interestingly it is not only the team that were handed such orders as Sportinglife.ng gathered that members of the public who travelled for the tournament were asked to appear before the Embassy just to inform them they had also returned.
Even the Nigeria media who were duly accredited by the Federation of International Football (FIFA) were denied
visa on the premise that they may not return to the country.
Last year when the Super Falcons were to play France in a friendly, players based in Nigeria were refused entry visas.
It took the intervention of a ranking member of the House of Representative to get the Embassy to rescind their decision.