During the Fifa international break, nations who were not committed to any form of world cup qualifier made serious and adequate plans with the free period and played serious friendlies, giving them an idea of what they are looking up to in the forthcoming qualifiers, but for Nigeria and Burkina Faso friendly, it was cancelled.
The supposed international friendly between Nigeria and Burkina Faso scheduled to hold at The Hive stadium on Tuesday was cancelled reasons being that some Burkinabe players were not granted UK visas.
But looking critically at the issue, one need to ask, why should a friendly match between Nigeria and a fellow African country like Burkina Faso be fixed in London ? Is it that there is no good pitch in any of the two nations where the “supposed” important friendly match between the two nations can hold?
I strongly believe that Nigeria would not have denied Burkinabe players entry into Nigeria due to visa, neither would same have happened to Nigerian players if the match was scheduled at Bukina Faso.
The two countries were using the game to prepare for the start of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers in June and the resumption of the 2018 World Cup qualifying competition in August.
None of the matches that would be played by the two nations both in the world cup qualifier and 2019 nations cup would take place in Europe, and If all their qualifiers would be played on an African soil, why take a friendly between both nations to London?
That the match was cancelled shows that African football administrators have so much to learn, and I just hope both nations must have learnt from the incident.