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Team Nigeria Secures Visas, Departs For South Africa

Posted: Mar 7, 2016 at 3:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

After a delay by the South African embassy, Team Nigeria was issued visas on Sunday and the team will leave for early hours of Monday for the forthcoming ITF/CAT African Junior Championship in Pretoria.
The seven-man team was originally scheduled to travel for the championship holding from March 8-19  at the ITF High Performance Centre, Pretoria  on Saturday but only two members were issued visas.
Mohammed Ubale, National junior tennis coach, who was apparently relieved after what he termed a weekend off frustration, said: “a lady in the embassy called the Secretary of the Nigeria Tennis Federation this (Sunday) morning to come for the visas.
“Although she apologised on behalf of the embassy, she was a bit disturbed that the issue was mentioned in the press stating we shouldn’t have gone that far but I don’t think the embassy should bear any grudge towards us for this because we provided all the documents they requested for on time only for them to derail our arrangements as well as preparations by denying virtually all the players visas for the championship.
Ubale said the delay which necessitated a change of travelling arrangement cost an additional N25,000 each to the seven-man team but he was more worried by the fact that the team will now have just a day to acclimatise due to the high altitude of the venue.
“Surely, we will be the last country to arrive for the tournament because all the countries are expected to be in South Africa latest by Saturdaywhich was what we planned for.
“Anyway, we will put in our best because the players are determined to do Nigeria proud.
Aongiside Ubale, the players that will be aboard the South African Airline are Marylove Edwards, Angel McLeod, Michael Osewa, GabrielFriday, Christopher Bulus, Christopher Itodo.
Morocco-based Oyinlomo Barakat Quadri and Adetayo Adetunji, who is based in South Africa are, already at the venue.