The Austrian embassy in Nigeria has denied two key staff of the Super Eagles entry visas, The Cable reports.
The officials affected are to accompany the team for the final pre-World Cup camping programme billed to begin on Sunday.
The Eagles will camp in Austria before flying to Yessentuki, the team base at the World Cup, on June 11.
Dayo Enebi Achor, Super Eagles team administrator, said “everyone is disappointed” that Nnaemeka Anozie, physiotherapist, and Chidi Ngoka, equipment manager, were denied visas.
“We are stunned by the action of the Austrian Embassy,” Enebi said.
“How will the team cope without the physiotherapist and the equipment manager? Everyone is disappointed with this.”
Anozie and Ngoka have been with the team for several years, participating in the World Cup qualifying series.
“This is a big shock. Someone like Chidi Ngoka has been with the team for several years and even attended the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments,” a team official said.
“Anozie has been with the Eagles for many years as well, and earlier worked with the U17 national team.
“Both of them have been to several countries in different continents.
“We don’t know the reason for this action by the Austrian Embassy.”