African women’s champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have withdrawn from a 12-nation tournament which is billed to start this week in Turkey, citing visa and logistics issues as reasons, AOIFootball.com reports.
The West Africans, which finished third at the regional WAFU Cup last Saturday, were scheduled to lock horns with Group B rivals France, Kosovo, and Kazakhstan from 26 February to 7 March as preparation for this year’s Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Spokesperson of the NFF, Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport that the timeframe was too short for the federation to sort out the visa issues.
“It was impossible for the team to sort out visas and make it to the tournament in Turkey, so they had to pull out.
“They only just finished playing the WAFU Cup on Saturday and had a short time to sort out visas and other important logistics for the trip to Turkey.
“Importantly, attention and preparations will shift towards the big friendly against France in April,” Olajire said.
The team will now travel to Europe to play France in a friendly in April, after which the focus will be on securing a qualifying spot at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana.