Lars Lagerback’s planned meet and greet with his 44-man provisional World Cup squad is in serious jeopardy after several European clubs wrote to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF withholding permission for their players to attend.
Everton, Olympic Marseille, Hapoel Petah Tikvah and Alania are some of the clubs that have written formally to the Nigeria federation, holding back permission for their players to attend the session in England.
Tidesports source understands that other clubs have called in, while a few players have also spoken to the NFF begging off after failing to get the permission of their clubs.
Several players told our source that they have been unable to convince their clubs to release them for the two-day session as clubs battle it out in the final stretch of the European football season.
Lagerback had planned to meet up in London for two days with the squad, but a top official of the NFF that that arrangement no longer looked workable.
“We may have to cancel the meeting in the interest of the players’ careers and their relationship with their clubs,” a federation official said. “We are naturally very disappointed, but we do not want to cause any friction between them.”