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World Cup: Minister assures Nigerians of Visa availability


ABUJA – Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, on Thursday assured that Nigerians seeking entry visa into Brazil for the 2014 World Cup would get it before the commencement of the competition.
 Danagogo told newsmen in Abuja that his optimism stemmed from his discussions with the Brazil’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Joao Lima, when the envoy paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday.
“I can assure you that every legitimate Nigerian that intends to go to Brazil should be able to get the visa.
 “If you can’t get your visa and you are supposed to be there and you are having challenges, if you approach the ministry we will be able to sort it out with them.
 “But so far, he has assured us that all fit and proper persons to travel will get their visas and on time.
 “We discussed issues of ensuring that the timing for the release of the visas is as short as possible and he has assured us he will do that.
 “We have been discussing ways and means of ensuring that this outing in Brazil is very successful.
 “In doing so, if you recall, we had met with the Nigerian ambassador to Brazil. So, we are meeting with the Brazilian ambassador to Nigeria.
 “Both of them are very key to ensuring that we take enough Nigerians there to also ensure that our team in Brazil stay there without any problem,’’ Danagogo said.
The minister also said, “Brazil and Nigeria, from the synergy we have developed, almost share a common aspiration to see that our teams play up to the finals in the competition.’’
  Adamu Emozozo, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Brazil, had visited the secretariat of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in January.
 Emozozo during the visit pledged to support the Super Eagles as the team prepared for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (NAN)

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