Nigerian supporters stranded over visa delays

19:19, June 17, 2010      

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Some 200 members of Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) are stranded in Lagos six day into the 2010 World Cup following the refusal of South Africa to issue them visas.

The supporters expressed disappointment with the South Africa High Commission for delaying the issuance of visas to them.

"It is unbelievable and disappointing for the South Africa High Commission to refuse us visa to be part of the World Cup," the NFSC said in a statement reaching here on Thursday.

"All their requirements were met, including the purchase of match tickets, hotel booking and flight tickets," the statement said.

"All the members were asked to make physical appearance at the high commission and for more than two weeks now none of us has been issued a visa," it added.

"We have lost more than 1 million naira in tickets for our match against Argentina; we are playing Greece on Thursday, yet we are still here," the supporters club said.

"Without visas, we can't be in South Africa to cheer the Super Eagles against Greece," the statement said.

The NFSC lamented that they would lose another 1 million naira in match tickets and their Johannesburg hotel payments that were already running.

The statement quoted Aderele Yusuf, the club's Deputy President- General, as saying that the refusal of visas by the high commission was a deliberate attempt to frustrate them from cheering the national team.

He said their members would have traveled last Friday for the match against Argentina but for the problem.

Source: Xinhua


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