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More headache for Rohr ahead of Nigeria’s qualifiers

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has been hit with another bad news as more players may miss Nigeria’s qualifiers.

Rohr is still struggling with the fact that players from England may not be available for Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde, now players, who ply their trade in Italy may also miss the match.

Premier League stars like, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo, William Troost-Ekong, Frank Onyeka young Dennis Emmanuel are expected to miss, as Cape Verde is in the COVID-19 red zone listed by the UK government.

For players to go and play, they will have to go through strict lockdown protocol for at least 10 days, which means they will miss at least one game, and clubs are refusing to let their players leave.

Now, Lega Serie A have joined the Premier League and Serie A in making a swift decision not to release players for international matches amid Covid-19 restrictions, and this will affect the Super Eagles players in Italy.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Ola Aina of Torino, and Tyronne Ebuehi, who plays for Venezia may all be affected by this new development, which was decided on Wednesday.

The statement from the league body reads: “Unlike FIFA’s decision to not extend exceptions for call-ups to countries where quarantine upon re-entry is mandatory, we find these would create competitive disparity between teams who allow their players to travel to these countries.”

The 68-year-old German tactician will have to look elsewhere for players that will do the job for the Super Eagles as they are set to play Liberia in Lagos on the third of September, before facing Cape Varde on the seventh of September, 2021.

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