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Ideye stranded in Lagos

Sochaux striker Brown Ideye is in a race against time to join the Super Eagles in England to stake a claim for a place in Nigeria’s World Cup final squad as he does not have an entry visa to the United Kingdom.

On Saturday, chairman of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Taiwo Ogunjobi, assured that Ideye will join the rest of the squad in England through Paris, but has since gathered that another complication has arisen over the player’s travel papers after it was discovered that his work permit in France has expired.

Brown Ideye in action

“Ideye is still in Lagos and did not travel with the rest of the team to London on Saturday,” NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire, told

“His French club did him a pass that would allow him enter the United Kingdom, but this he can only do from Paris. We therefore bought him an Air France ticket to London only for us to discover that his work permit has expired.
“We are now doing everything to fast track an application for an entry visa to the UK for the player.”

It will really be a race against time for Ideye as the British High Commission insists on a minimum of two weeks to process an entry visa application to the UK.
The uncapped Ideye did not fly out to London with the Super Eagles Saturday morning on board British Airways.
A top source had informed that he flew with Ideye on an early morning Arik flight from Abuja to Lagos.

Ideye was accompanied by his agent, Yomi Bremner.The former youth international was a surprise inclusion on Nigeria’s 30_man provisional squad for next month’s World Cup as he has yet to be capped by the Eagles and was considered ahead of more accomplished strikers like Joseph Akpala of Club Brugge and Michael Eneramo of Esperance of Tunisia.

Six other players did not make it back for a Presidential dinner in Abuja Friday night and will now join up with the rest of the squad in England.

The players are goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Dele Aiyenugba, Mikel Obi, John Utaka, Yusuf Ayila and Dickson Etuhu.


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