Onazi denied work permit by English FA

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Nigeria International Ogenyi Onazi has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City.

Birmingham had agreed terms with Onazi to sign him from Turkish Club, Trabzonspor.

The Football Association turned down a first application for a work permit for Onazi last week.

An appeal made by the club was rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigeria national team.

However, Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the last two editions of the Nations Cup has affected his chances of securing a work permit to play in the English Championship.

Despite appearing in over 80 per cent of the national team games, Onazi failed to earn a permit after the FA considered the West African nation’s world ranking in the past two years.

Nigeria was ranked 38th in the August 2017 ranking, but Nigeria finished 54th on aggregate over the last two years.Onazi joined current club Trabzonspor from Lazio last year and scored twice in 27 Turkish Super Lig matches last season.

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