If Gernot Rohr, the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles could have his way, Nigeria will not play any future international friendly match in London.
Rohr was angry after the game against Burkina Faso scheduled for Monday in London which was cancelled because of delays in visas. It was gathered that the German claimed he would advise the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) against the choice of London as venue for Eagles friendly games because of stringent visa requirements from the United Kingdom embassies.
The Burkinabe football authorities called off the game after seven of their players failed to secure visas to London.
Gernot Rohr had to convert the time for the game to a training game with more players of Nigerian descend plying their trade in England involved at The Hive stadium, home of English League Two club, Barnet.
There are strong indications that Rohr will recommend venues in Schengen countries with comparatively more flexible visa regimes.
“Yes, because it’s too complicated to get the visas, you know,” Rohr said when asked after the training game if Nigeria could stay away from friendlies in the U.K. in the future.
“I think it’s better to stay in Schengen, in Europe than go to London where the people have problems. Even some players in our team couldn’t come, you know. They didn’t get the visa on time,” Rohr reportedly t o l d Empowersmag. com
D e s p i t e the huge disappointment from the c a n c e l l e d game against Burkina Faso, Rohr noted that the training exercise had allowed him to make a fuller evaluation of his squad.
“We tried to find another team but it was too late, we had one very good game against a Senegal team that was so strong, so powerful, we learned a lot. Now we look forwards to our next games”.