Mukarama yet to get Spanish visa to join El Ejido

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Mukarama Abdulai

Black Queens striker, Mukarama Abdulai’s trials at Spanish Segunda Division B club, Deportivo El Ejido, ahead of a possible deal has been hindered by fruitless efforts to acquire visa, according to her coach and manager, Sumani Basirudeen.

Per a letter from the Spanish club sighted by the Graphic Sports in February, Mukarama was expected in Spain for trials between February 5 and March 31, 2019.

“We hereby address to you to request the necessary permits for the soccer player Abdulai Mukarama to make a visit to our soccer team, to know our operation and facilities and to attend training games. We expect a prompt response. The costs of maintenance and accommodation will be borne by the club El Ejido 2012,” stated the letter which was signed by the Director General of El Ejido, Francisco Javier Fernandez Jimenez.

However, on Sunday, Coach Basirudeen told the Daily Graphic on the telephone that all efforts to acquire the visa for the 2018 Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Female Footballer had proved futile as the embassy claimed documents presented were not sufficient to obtain the visa.

“We made several attempts to get the visa but it did not work. We have gone there with the player a number of times and we have filed every document they asked for yet we are not getting the visa so we have decided to forget about that deal and look for other options for her.

When something comes up we will make official announcement,” he said.

Mukarama, 16, received a number of offers from Europe after her exploits at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay where she won the Adidas Golden Boot award as the tournament’s top scorer with seven goals as well as the Adidas Golden Ball as the competition’s third best player.

Her handlers selected the Spanish club which they believed would boost her career and education but their plans failed as they were unable to obtain visas for the trip.

Mukarama was part of the Black Queens squad that won bronze at the just-ended West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone B Women’s tournament in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.