Friday Aug 18, 2017. 12:00
Latest information from England is that the English Football Association has denied handing Nigerian international Ogenyi Onazi his work permit.
The Super Eagles midfielder has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City.
According to the BBC website, Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him from Turkish club, Trabzonspor.
However, the FA has decided against handing the player a work permit for Onazi last week and an appeal has reportedly been made.
The appeal made by the club was also rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigerian national team.
Onazi has featured 38 times for the Super Eagles and helped them to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as well as qualifying and reaching the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
However, it is mentioned that Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the past two editions of the CAF African Nations Cup has affected his chances of securing a work permit to play in the English Championship.
Despite appearing in over 80% of the national team games, Onazi failed to earn a permit after the FA considered the West African nation’s world ranking in the past two years.