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The government of Netherlands has taken
discrimination to another level after refusing to
grant Team Nigeria entry into the country to
participate in the Homeless World Cup tagged
‘Amsterdam 2015’ which kicks off this weekend.
Search and Groom; a non governmental
organization in Nigeria, which partners the
Homeless World Cup to prepare vulnerable
Nigerians for the global football event, had applied
to the Dutch government for visas to allow
Nigeria’s contingent to take part in the event,
only to be rebuffed by the European country.
The team of 8 players, coaches, and managers
had to apply for their Dutch visa at the French
embassy in Lagos, as there is no Dutch embassy
there. After the French refused to issue the team
visas, the Homeless World Cup organization
asked the Dutch ministry responsible to issue the
team visas on arrival instead. Although
technically possible, the request was refused.
By this action Nigeria will be the only not
participating out of the 49 countries invited for
the championship, which hopes to inspire
marginalized people to do great things.
President of the Homeless world Cup Mel Young
is displeased with the Dutch government for their
inaction which harms the Nigerian team.
“The decision is incomprehensible and simply the
wrong thing to do. We are shocked and angered
by this action by Dutch government officials, who
are robbing homeless people of the opportunity to
play for their country in an international
tournament. Like all other teams, they had
fundraised for the event and trained for months
only to be told now that they are not welcome in
the Netherlands,” he said.
“The Dutch government is sending out the wrong
message. Here are people whose behavior is
impeccable and they have done everything, which
was asked them. Yet they are denied access to a
sporting event for no apparent reason. They are
all heroes and should be treated as such.” He
added, “It also has implications for all
international sporting events. Are African
countries going to be denied access to all
sporting events? This a dangerous precedent.”
Yomi Kuku, Director of the Nigerian project, said
“it’s been months of hard work for everyone and
just an effortless, shameful decision by France
and by the Dutch government. What else can we
do? We have all played our part. I will find the
means to tell the heartbreaking news to
our players and coaches.”
The Homeless World Cup offers homeless and
marginalized people a hand-up to a better future.
Since its first event in 2003, over 1 million players
in 74 nations have used football to build self-
esteem, improve their physical and mental well
being, and ultimately change their lives. Over 70%
of participants experience a significant life change
– they come off drugs, alcohol, get jobs, homes,
education; and training to become football
players, coaches, and social entrepreneurs.

Author: Orimisan Temidayo

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