Afcon 2019: Shehu Abdullahi Not Fit To Face Guinea

Officials have said that Super Eagles’ Shehu Abdullahi may not be fit to play in tomorrow’s game against Guinea. He was substituted in the first half of the Super Eagles’ opening game against Burundi in Alexand1ria on Saturday. After suffering a reoccurring hamstring that has kept him out of action for the most part of the season.

The Super Eagles are top of Group B with 3 points. While Guinea and Madagascar are on a point each after they played a 2-2 draw in their opening game.

Super Eagles Head Coach Rohr, told the media that the Wednesday’s game is coming too soon for the defenders. He added that they need a few days to be in perfect condition to compete.

“We still miss the two players Jamilu Collins and Shehu Abdullahi. The two players had scans today. It will be difficult to have them play against Guinea on Wednesday”

Abdullahi has 27caps for Nigeria and was part of the Nigerian U–23 that won the bronze medal in Rio Olympics back in 2014. He also featured in 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles spent Sunday resting and watching other teams’ matches. But they returned to training yesterday under closed doors.

Also not fully fit are Jamilu Collins and Samuel Kalu, but Rohr says he has enough personnel for the game against Guinea. Meanwhile, the Super Eagles camp bubbled yesterday evening after news came that Samuel Kalu has been declared fit to feature at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations after another test in Cairo.

Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor said team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran traveled to the Egyptian capital with Kalu to conduct the test alongside a CAF medical officer.

“Kalu has been declared fit to play as from now. He is featuring in Wednesday’s match against Guinea. However, it depends on if he is picked by the technical crew led by Coach Gernot Rohr.”