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Visa issues hamper Falcons stars at Spanish training camp

IRON Spots Additional has discovered that visa points have prevented a few of the invited Tremendous Falcons gamers from attending their coaching camp in Spain because the staff prepares for the 2024 Olympic Video games in Paris, France.

The Falcons' coaching camp began Friday in Spanish Metropolis, however practices didn’t happen till Sunday because of the small variety of gamers in coaching camp.

On Monday, the Nigeria Soccer Federation confirmed that captain Rasheedat Ajibade, goalkeepers Chiamaka Nnadozie and Tochukwu Oluehi, defenders Chidinma Okeke and Nicole Payne, midfielders Christy Ucheibe, Toni Payne, Deborah Abiodun and Jennifer Echegini and ahead Esther Okoronkwo had been already in coaching camp.

The NFF added that Morufa Ademola and ahead Reward Monday had been additionally on the coaching camp, taking the variety of gamers within the coaching camp to 12. Defenders Osinachi Ohale and Michelle Alozie are additionally anticipated on the staff's lodge on Monday.

In the meantime, RexGists Sports activities Additional learnt that Tosin Demehin and Nasarawa Amazons participant Jumoke Alani had been absent from the coaching camp attributable to errors of their accreditations.

Our correspondent has additionally learnt that Uchenna Kanu and Chiwendu Ihezuo haven’t but been granted visas. The Mexico-based ahead is anticipated to fly to the USA to affix Kanu, from the place they’ll each fly to Spain by Wednesday or Thursday on the newest.

Different gamers from the US are anticipated to reach at coaching camp on Wednesday.

One other shock is that Macleans, who additionally doesn’t have a visa but, is flying from Russia to Nigeria to select up her visa after which flying on to Spain earlier than the top of the week.

Expressing her anger, the supply contained in the Falcons' camp mentioned, “Why are we even in camp? I'm so pissed off proper now as a result of I don't perceive why this wasn't all resolved weeks in the past.”

The nine-time African champion, who final performed within the 2008 Olympic ladies's soccer event in China, will tackle reigning Olympic champions Canada in Seville on Wednesday, July 17.

The Canadian ladies defeated their Swedish counterparts 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 attract regulation and additional time. They gained the gold medal in Tokyo three years in the past.

The Video games will likely be held from July 26 to August 11. Nigeria will return to this ladies's soccer occasion because the final version in 2008.

Of their final look on the Girls's Olympic Soccer Event, the Falcons misplaced 1-0 to the Democratic Individuals's Republic of Korea, 1-0 to Germany and 3-1 to eventual silver medal winners Brazil.

Nigeria's finest displaying up to now on the Girls's Olympic soccer event got here 20 years in the past in Athens, the place the Falcons completed in sixth place after being knocked out of the event within the quarter-finals.

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