Nigeria have withdrawn from a 12-nation tournament which kicks off in Turkey this week, citing visa issues.

The Super Falcons were scheduled to lock horns with Group B rivals France, Kosovo and Kazakhstan from February 26 to March  7 as preparation for this year’s Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers.

But the West Africans, who finished third at the regional WAFU Cup on Saturday, have withdrawn from the competition for logistical reasons.

“It was impossible for the team to sort visas and make it to the tournament in Turkey, so they had to pull out,” Nigeria Football Federation spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.

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“They only just finished playing the Wafu Cup on Saturday and had a short time-frame to sort out visas and other important logistics for the trip to Turkey.

“Importantly, attention and preparations will shift towards the big friendly against France in April.”

The news comes as a real setback for the country and newly appointed coach Swede Thomas Dennerby.

Before his arrival, the Falcons had not played or trained since lifting the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations for an eighth time in 2016, when Dennerby’s predecessor Florence Omagbemi became the first woman to win the competition as both player and coach.

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