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Nigerian Midfielder, Onazi Denied Work Permit To Play For Championship Side Birmingham

The travails of Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi continue as the English FA has denied him a work permit to play for Championship side Birmingham City.

Onazi was looking to revive his stuttering career with the English second-tier club after severing ties with Turkish side Trabzonspor in the summer over unpaid wages.

But the FA turned down a first application for a work permit for the defensive midfielder last week, and rejected an appeal made by the club on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigeria national team, BBC writes.

Former Lazio star Onazi reportedly agreed a €4.5 million deal with Birmingham to leave Trabzonspor, but will now have to return to the Turkish Super Lig side following the FA’s stand.

Turkish daily, Hurriyet claims the 24-year-old has been recalled by Trabzonspor to first-team training and is available for this weekend’s clash with Fenerbahce.

Onazi has earned 38 international caps and was a key member of the Super Eagles team that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa before reaching the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil a year later.

But Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the last two editions of the Nations Cup has affected his chances of securing a work permit as the FA considered the West African nation’s dwindling fortunes in the past two years.

Onazi made 27 Turkish Super Lig appearances for Trabzonspor last season, scoring twice.

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