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


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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Olawale Moses is a passionate news content writer on different niche such as politics, entertainment, arts and lifestyle, he is also a member of the Vanguard Nigerian Newspaper community with good rep, the CEO of Look Naija. Aside blogging, a graduate of Information Technology.

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