By James Agberebi:
The Golden Eaglets departed for the Suwon four-nation Invitational Tournament in South Korea without the skipper, Kelechi Nwakali, and coordinator Prince Udofia.
According to the Nigeria Football Federation, the Embassy of Korea Republic in Nigeria had returned the passports of the Eaglets’ skipper and team coordinator as ‘unreadable’ given that the two persons had been travelling with the same passports for years now.
“We don’t know what they mean by ‘unreadable’ because the player, Nwakali, and the team coordinator, Udofia, have been using these same passports without any issues.
“In any event, we are working hard to see what we can do and make the Embassy issue visas to these two persons on Monday, so that they can travel on Tuesday to join the Golden Eaglets’ delegation,” said an NFF protocol official.
The development meant 17 players travelled by Qatar Airways on Sunday, to arrive at Korea Republic’s capital Seoul on Monday evening for the tournament.
Nigeria play hosts Korea, Croatia and Brazil at the four-nation tournament, which the Golden Eaglets also took part in ahead of their triumph at the FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted in South Korea in 2007.