Nigeria’s Super Eagles could be with just 19 players for the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde on Tuesday after two players tested positive for coronavirus.
Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr confirmed to the media ahead of the game that Tyronne Ebuehi and Samuel Kalu tested positive for Covid-19 before their trip to Cape Verde.
Although they tested negative following another test on Monday evening, they failed to travel with the rest of the squad due to the initial positive result.
It’s a huge blow for the three-time African champions, who are already without eight players for the clash against the Blue Sharks.
The Super Eagles started their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Liberia last Friday, but they will be without some of the key players from that game for the match against Cape Verde.
Nigeria won’t be able to count on the services of the UK players, who have returned to their base due to the UK’s coronavirus restrictions.
Also, Ola Aina has been excused due to family reasons. It leaves Rohr with just 19 players to choose from after Ebuehi and Kalu failed to travel for the game.
Ebuehi was expected to replace Aina in the right-back position, but Abdullahi Shehu is now set to come in for him.
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