Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sunshine Stars face visa hitch

Nigerian side, Sunshine Stars have claimed that the Embassy of Morocco is delaying the issuance of visas to their team for Saturday's Orange Caf Confederation Cup game against Maghreb Fez.

Mike Idoko, who is executive director of the parent body of the club, the Ondo State Football Development Agency (OSFA) alleged that the Abuja consulate of the Moroccan embassy is stalling on giving entry visas to its team.

He said the embassy has refused to issue entry visas after the team manager of Sunshine Stars has ensured the application was tendered almost a fortnight ago.

“The Moroccan embassy is trying to frustrate us by denying the team visas. We applied about two weeks ago and we were told to come back on Monday. On Monday, my team manager was at the embassy only for the officials at the embassy to reschedule the appointment to Tuesday.

“As I am speaking with you (on Wednesday), the embassy has still refused to grant our visa request and we are billed to travel on Thursday with an early morning flight.

"The embassy is apparently working in connivance with officials of Maghreb Fez to frustrate us but we are undaunted,” he claimed.

Idoko, however said Sunshine Stars have reported the development to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), which has assured it will contact Caf.

"We have alerted the NFF about what is happening and they say they will get in touch with Caf immediately since it is a Caf-organised tournament," he said.

Sunshine Stars lead Group B with six points after two wins over JS Kabylie of Algeria and DC Motema Pembe of DR Congo.

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