Nigerian match officials
Nigeria’s joy at having one of its referees being in consideration for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil may be punctured following the continued frustration of Peter Elgam Edibe by the Swiss Embassy in Nigeria.
Despite a valid letter from world football-governing body, among other relevant documents that have been provided by the well-travelled and highly-respected Assistant Referee, the Swiss Embassy is insisting that his application for entry visa into that country for an official FIFA Assistant Referee Course and Fitness Test has come too late.
“I have all the necessary documents and even a letter from FIFA saying they will take care of my cost of travel, accommodation and insurance in Zurich. But the Swiss Embassy is proving difficult. I have the note verbale and everything that is necessary to convince them.
“I don’t want to miss this Course because it will determine those who will be considered for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals,” said Edibe.
The letter from FIFA, dated 3rd October 2012 and addressed to the Visa Section of Switzerland Embassy on Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Abuja was signed by Christina Collenberg, Director of Human Resources and
It read in part: “Mr. Peter Elgam Edibe... a FIFA Assistant Referee will be required to travel to Switzerland for an official FIFA Assistant Referee Course and Fitness Test in the period of 24 October
to 3 November 2012.
“FIFA will cover the cost of travel arrangements and insurance for his stay in Zurich.
“We would be grateful if you could be of assistance in issuing a single entry visa for Mr. Peter Elgam Edibe so that there will be no impediment for him attending the Course.”
FIFA has already sent Peter Edibe a valid return ticket to travel to Zurich through Frankfurt, Germany Wednesday, October 24 2012.