Sportstalkafrica.com can exclusively revealed that ten Rivers United Football Club players were denied visas by the Spain Embassy for their final and last phase pre-season ahead of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League scheduled to kick off mid January 2017.
The contingent of 18 players and eight officials touched down at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airportat on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.
We gathered that among the twenty-eight (28) players passports taken to the embassy ten (10) were returned without visas and reason why the team traveled to Madrid, Spain with 18 players.
Esosa Igbinova, Israel Daniel, Bolaji Sakin, Efosa, Obinze Godwin, Ali Chiwendu, Aliasu Danso, are prominent among the players that were denied entry visas.
Rivers State Commissioner of Sports, Honourable Boma Iyaye, assured the players left in Nigeria that they will be entitle to same financial benefit enjoyed by the players that made the Spanish trip.
Rivers United FC is expected to face a La Liga club in a tune up game while proposed friendly matches have already been lined up against Segunda B clubs, Levante Union Deportiva II and Club Deportivo Alcoyano. The squad will also attend training sessions of a La Liga club (as well as the sessions of the youth teams of the club).
A guided tour to the storied home of reigning European champions, Real Madrid, the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu has also been lined up.