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Nigeria Basketball Federation Spanish embassy denies visas to Nigeria U-17 basketball team

With the FIBA U-17 World Championship kicking currently going on, the Spanish embassy in Nigeria did not approve visas for team Nigeria.

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Nigeria U-17 basketball team play Nigeria's U-17 World Championship denied visa to Spain (Twitter/Incredible Femi)

Nigeria’s U-17 basketball team will not playing in the 2016 FIBA U-17 World Championship after they were denied visas into Spain.

With the FIBA U-17 World Championship kicking currently going on, the Spanish embassy in Nigeria did not approve visas for team Nigeria.

According to Vanguard, Spanish Embassy officials refused visas even after the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) had presented every document ranging from travelling insurance, birth certificates, sworn affidavits by the players parents which the Foreign Affairs ministry endorsed since they are minors as demanded by the embassy.

Nigeria's U-17 World Championship play Nigeria's U-17 World Championship denied visa to Spain (Twitter/Incredible Femi)

 

The Spanish embassy in Nigeria had offered to grant the visas but returned the players passports to the Protocol officer of the Youth and Sports ministry without visas on them.

The NBBF could not explain the situation and was surprised by the development as they worked with sport’s world body FIBA and the Local Organising Committee on ground in Spain for the visas.

Speaking to the players after the development, NBBF president, Tijjani Umar said they have shifted their attention to the Africa U-18 Championship holding later this year.

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