- Super Eagles will be in action on Thursday evening, October 9, when they take on Algeria
- Barely hours to the fixture, a report surfaced that four members of the squad tested positive for coronavirus
- The NFF branded the report as ‘blatant falsehood’, adding that the facts were misrepresented
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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied a report making rounds that some members of the Super Eagles squad tested positive for coronavirus barely hours before their friendly match against Algeria.
Nigerians were stunned on Thursday afternoon when a report purportedly quoting the Super Eagles coach Gernor Rohr as confirming the development.
It was gathered that the tactician earlier had an online interaction with selected journalists ahead of the tie slated for Friday evening, October 9.
Since return of football after it was earlier suspended in March, it is the first time the national team is converging and Rohr mentioned that four players were earlier affected, but they have since recovered.
However, a report surfaced that the coach ‘revealed’ that four players in the camp had the virus, barely hours to the game against Algeria. The NFF tweeted:
“Please discountenance any reports that some of our players tested positive to COVID-19 ahead of tomorrow's friendly game against Algeria. It is a blatant falsehood.
“The writer of the story, who was not part of the press conference earlier today (Thursday, October 8), totally misrepresented what coach Rohr said that since the outbreak of the pandemic, four of our players had tested positive, but were all now fully recovered from the virus and back in action."
The football body however disclosed that tests were carried out on the players earlier in the day and results are being expected.
“The results of the COVID-19 tests carried out on the Super Eagles ahead of tomorrow's game are still being awaited.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Alex Iwobi will play in the midfield alongside the duo of Mikel Agu and national team debutant Frank Onyeka against Algeria.
According to Complete Sports, the trio has impressed manager Gernot Rohr in training and likely to make the starting line-up in the much anticipated fixture.
Nigeria will be without regular players including Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joe Aribo who have all be exempted from the schedule.
The Super Eagles will also take on the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in another friendly on Tuesday, October 13, at the Jacques Lemans Arena.
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