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NFF: We’re Working Hard To Help Nwakali Resolve Portuguese Visa Issue

NFF: We’re Working Hard To Help Nwakali Resolve Portuguese Visa Issue

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it is working hard to secure the visa that will enable stranded U-23 Eagles midfileder Kelechi Nwakali to return to Portugal.

Nwakali, 20, who is on loan at FC Porto’s B team from Arsenal is unable to leave Nigeria almost a month after playing in a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic men’s football tournament.

Officials confirmed that Nwakali was in Portugal on a single-entry visa and so now needs a renewal to return after he played on 25 March. However, the process is taking longer than they anticipated.

“The federation has been working hard to get his visa sorted as quickly as possible, but it’s taken longer than expected,” NFF’s director of communications Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.

“We hope it will come out after the Easter break to enable Nwakali return to Portugal.”

Nwakali has made 16 appearances this season for Porto’s reserve side, who play in the second tier of Portuguese football league, but has now missed the club’s last four matches.

A 2015 FIFIA under-17 World Cup and Golden boot winner, Nwakali was snapped up by Arsenal in August 2016 as the Gunners beat a string of Europe’s leading sides, including Manchester City, German, Dutch and Spanish clubs to his signing.

He spent time on loan at Dutch clubs VVV-Venlo and MVV Maastricht

between 2016 and 2018 but struggled to make a major impact, before moving to Porto in July 2018.

Back in August, he earned a call-up to the Nigeria senior squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Seychelles, but did not play.

Nwakali played for a Nigeria XI in a friendly against Spanish club Atletico Madrid five months earlier.

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  • Pompei 2 years ago


  • He doesn’t ve an employer adviser dat the problem. He would ve been told of d adverse effect of going out of purtugal wen is visa not upto .mikel stayed behind when he was having d same issue in China. U can’t imagine mikel stranded in nigeria. If it happens to a person not well connected. Dey will say it village witches after dat person. No no no it is proceess u go through with govt agency . But in obodo nigeria or black continent. Powerfrom ur fathers house running after ur destiny cauch fire and peme.