Super Eagles players, coaches test negative for COVID-19 ahead of Algeria match

Super Eagles players, coaches test negative for COVID-19 ahead of Algeria match

- Super Eagles players and coaches have been cleared of all coronavirus cases

- The result came back negative hours before their game against Algeria in Austria

- Nigeria will battle Tunisia four days after their game against the Desert Foxes

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All Super Eagles players have tested negative for deadly coronavirus ahead of their friendly game against Algeria.

The Nigeria Football Federation confirmed the development hours before the kickoff against the reigning AFCON champions.

Gernot Rohr and his men were made to undergo the tests on Friday and they have been cleared of the virus. The football body tweeted on their official Twitter handle:

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"All Super Eagles players and officials test negative to COVID 19 ahead of the game against Algeria tonight. #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong."

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Some quarters of the media reported that a few Nigerian stars had tested positive for the infection earlier this week. NFF has however described those reports as false via a statement.

“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.

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“The writer of the story, who was not part of the press conference earlier today, totally misrepresented what coach [Gernot] 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 results of the Covid-19 tests carried out on the Super Eagles ahead of tomorrow’s [Friday] game are still being awaited.”

Super Eagles players, coaches test negative for COVID-19 ahead of Algeria match

Super Eagles squad after winning AFCON 2019 bronze medal in Egypt. Getty Images.
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Nigeria will take on Tunisia four days after their meeting against the Desert Foxes in Austria later this evening.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has released the starting line-up that will prosecute the October 9 friendly match against the Desert Foxes of Algeria, Complete Sports reports.

Everton’s Alex Iwobi as well as Samuel Chukwueze will start the game billed to hold at the prestigious Jacques Lemans Arena Die Zeit in St. Veit, Austria.

In goal, Maduka Okoye has been picked ahead of Dele Alampasu and Mathew Yakubu while Semi Ajayi and debutant Frank Onyeka will play in the middle.

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