Aberdeen still working to secure work permit for Man City’s Nwakali

Chidi Nwakali.
Chidi Nwakali.

Aberdeen are today still working on securing the work permit to clear the loan signing of Manchester City midfielder Chidi Nwakali.

The 21-year-old is out in Dubai with the Dons and has agreed a loan move until the end of the season.

However, the Reds still have to push through a work permit for the Nigerian midfielder, who was on loan at Sogndal in Norway until two months ago.

Any player who is over 16 years old and is not from the European Economic Area, which covers 32 countries aside from the UK, requires a work permit to play for a British club.

If a player has featured in at least 75% of his country’s competitive international games over the last two years, he will receive an endorsement from the Scottish FA.

However, Nwakali has yet to be capped at senior level for Nigeria although he was in the squad for November’s friendlies against Argentina and Algeria.

Therefore a three -man appeals panel will now weigh up whether Nwakali would contribute significantly to the development of the game at the top level in Scotland.

That appeals panel typically sits within three to five working days of an appeal submission, although urgent hearings can be convened.

The panel is made up of representatives from the relevant football bodies, typically officials from the league, the association and the player’s union.

Up to three independent football experts, made up typically of former professionals, also sit on the panel.

A majority vote is required to approve an application.

Aberdeen are confident the panel will grant the work permit and the loan move can officially be completed while out in Dubai.

The Reds jet home to the Granite City on Monday.

Nwakali hopes to use Aberdeen to push himself into the Nigerian squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.