- Kelechi Nwakali is finally getting help from the football authorities to sort out his Portugal visa issues and return to base.
- The 20-year-old has been stranded in Nigeria since March 25 after playing for Nigeria against Libya in an Olympic qualifier
- Nwakali entered Portugal on a single-entry visa and must renewal his visa before he can return to base
Super Eagles and U23 star Kelechi Nwakali is finally receiving assistance from the football authorities to sort out Portugal visa to aid his return to base.
According to the BBC, the 20-year-old midfielder, who is currently on loan at FC Porto's B team, could not fly back to Portugal after helping Nigeria’s Dream Team VII progress to the next round of the qualifiers to 2020 Olympic men's football tournament on March 25.
Nigerian football officials revealed that the former Golden Eaglets campaign Nwakali entered the European country on a single-entry visa and must renewal his visa to return to base, but the processing is taking longer time than expected.
"The federation has been working hard to get his visa sorted as quickly as possible, but it's taken longer than expected," NFF's director of communications Ademola Olajire was quoted as saying to BBC Sport.
"We hope it will come out after the Easter break to enable Nwakali return to Portugal."
At the last count, the midfielder has missed his club's last four league matches in the Portuguese second division, no thanks to the visa ordeal.
Back in August 2018, Nwakali was invited to the Super Eagles for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Seychelles, but did not play.
Nwakali featured for Nigeria XI in a friendly against Spanish club Atletico Madrid last year.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria are through to the final round of the AFCON U-23 qualifier after beating Libya 4-0 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
The Eagles U23 suffered 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture five days ago, but this victory means they are through to the finals on 4-2 aggregate.
Former U17 striker Victor Osimhen opened the scoring for the hosts through a rebound after Kelechi Nwakali's goal-bound free kick was denied by the wood works.
The Wolsfburg star on loan at Belgian side Royal Charleroi doubled his side's lead in the 67th minute after benefiting from the Libyan's confused defence line.
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