Nigeria: Visa ruins Chibuzor Okonkwo’s Afcon dream

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Dec 26th, 2012

Super Eagles’ manager, Stephen Keshi has said right-back, Chibuzor Okonkwo will not make Afcon 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

Keshi revealed the new Warri Wolves acquisition, Okonkwo, scheduled to head to the Faro, Portugal camp may have missed the Afcon party because he does not have a valid Shengen visa for the trip as the least time to acquire a new one is 10 days.

“By that time we’ll already be rounding off our training that’s why we may have to leave him behind,” he declared.

Keshi disclosed that Kano Pillars’ Papa Idris and Enyimba’s Henry Uche have been offered life lines to fight for shirts in the Faro camp and will be travelling with the team to the Faro camp on Thursday.

The duo have been excellent in training despite the fact that the list of home-based players for the camp has already been released.

The former Nigerian captain said his wards will not disappoint in the international friendly against Catalonia on January 2 despite feared bad weather.

“I hear that 10 players from Barcelona will be part of the team that’s great news and it’s an opportunity for my wards to show that they have the capacity to play against the best footballers in the world. The scoreline may not matter but we won’t disappoint Nigerians,” he said.

Keshi urged Nigerians not to cease praying for the team as he foresees the team putting smiles on the faces of the numerous soccer fans in the country.

“We need their support and prayers and hopefully we’ll put smiles on their faces at the end of the championship in South Africa,” he said.

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