Tottenham thought Adebayor was bad; Betis player is STILL stuck in Africa after Nations Cup

AFCON 2013 Closing Ceremony

There was a huge outcry when Emmanuel Adebayor took a week to make his way back to his club after the African Nations Cup. Spare a thought for Betis...

The African Nations Cup is notorious for causing headaches for clubs due to taking place midway through the European season, and this year has been no different.

Accelerated by the injury to Jermain Defoe; Tottenham had a big need for Emmanuel Adebayor to get back to them as soon as Togo were eliminated but it wasn't quite that simple.

Logistical problems with connecting flights and a need to stop off via Togo meant the striker had to wait days to get from South Africa to London, and Spurs had to charter a private jet to bring him back to London just hours before they played Newcastle several weeks ago.

The tournament finished on February 10, and approaching a month on, the final stragglers are still making their way back.

In fact compared to Real Betis, Tottenham had a very lucky escape.

Let us explain the tale of Nosa Igiebor, who ironically did not feature in the tournament beyond Nigeria's second group stage game on January 25.

Igiebor is a 22-year-old attacking midfielder who has played nine times in La Liga this season for his club, and has a contract until 2016.

A member of Nigeria's winning squad, he is still stranded in his homeland after returning there to celebrate his nation's victory.

Despite attempting to return to Spain, he has been denied permission to return, after problems with his paperwork.

The Spanish embassy in the country have so far refused to grant him his travel documents, which it is claimed arrived to them incomplete, even alleging a problem with his birth certificate.

The saga has angered the player, who is reported to have said: "I am highly disappointed for this kind of treatment that I received in my own country."

Betis are said to be considering sending out an official of their own to try and iron out the problem, and insist Igiebor will not be punished for his late return, also claiming there is nothing wrong with the paperwork, which should have been prepared in advance.

Igiebor has taken to training back in his country with his former club while the situation gets resolved.

Pressed for an update yesterday, Betis' sporting director Jose Antonio Bosch said there was 'nothing to report', and Igiebor remains in Nigeria.

Despite Adebayor's erratic form since his return, Tottenham can count themselves lucky the situation was resolved in just one week.

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