- Alex Iwobi was said to have returned positive result after Covid-19 tests in Porto-Novo
- The youngster consequently missed the game vs Benin, but further tests showed he is negarive
- CAF has now cleared the Everton man for Nigeria’s home game against Crocodiles of Lesotho
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has cleared Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi as eligible for the AFCON qualifying match against Lesotho.
Gernot Rohr’s men who have already qualified for the continental showpiece slated for January next year will face the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Tuesday, March 30.
Everton star Iwobi was earlier ruled out of the fame after officials in Porto-Novo claimed results showed he was positive to the dreaded Covid-19.
Upon arrival in Benin Republic on Friday, March 26, the entire Nigerian team were made to undergo the mandatory coronavirus test, and hours before their game on Saturday, a report by officials in the country claim Iwobi was positive.
He consequently missed that encounter which Nigeria won 1-0 courtesy a stoppage-time header by Genk forward Paul Onuachu.
Iwobi was then forced to leave the team camp to isolate and then undergo further tests. The NFF however confirmed on Tuesday, March 30, hours before their final qualifying game against Lesotho that further tests show the player is negative.
The federation also announced that CAF has cleared the 24-year-old for the showdown in Lagos.
Lesotho have arrived in Lagos ahead of the match. The Crocodiles are bottom of the group after playing five matches without a win including three draws and two losses.
Gernot Rohr's side were victorious away in the first leg following a 4-2 scoreline with Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukweze and Victor Osimhen all getting their names on the scoresheet.
Lesotho were held to a 0-0 scoreline by visiting Sierra Leone which automatically gave Nigeria the ticket to the AFCON 2022 slated for Cameroon.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian midfielder Joe Aribo may not be available for selection when the Super Eagles file out against the Crocodiles.
The 24-year-old who recently helped Rangers to win their first Scottish League title in 10 years was not part of the training the previous day at the Teslim Balogun - the venue for the game.
Reports claim he suffered stomach upset during the session, hence, he may end up not playing a part in the game.