Infantino Wades In On Eagles W’Cup Qualifiers vs Cape Verde Debacle

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has asked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lift quarantine requirements for footballers to allow them to travel next week to play World Cup qualifiers for their countries.

Already, the Super Eagles could be without as many as 10 players for the September 7 game in Cape Verde as they are in red-listed countries as it concerns the Coronavirus protocol in UK.

“I have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appealed for the necessary support, in particular, so players are not deprived of the opportunity of representing their countries in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup, which is one of the ultimate honours for a professional footballer,” Infantino said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government for the final stages of the Euro 2020 be implemented for the upcoming international matches.

“Together we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against COVID-19.

“Now, I am urging everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”

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Meanwhile, top NFF officials have said they are exploring several possibilities including a postponement or a change of venue for a 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde next month.

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