Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu passed fit despite training ground collapse

Press Association Sport 18:11 25/06/2019
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Samuel Kalu has been declared fit for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations clash with Guinea on Wednesday.

The striker was rushed to hospital after collapsing during training last Friday amid fears of a heart problem but he was subsequently diagnosed with dehydration.

Kalu missed Nigeria’s opening victory over Burundi as a precaution but could play a part against Guinea.

Coach Gernot Rohr said on dailypost.ng: “Samuel Kalu had an MRI and he is declared 100 per cent fit and will be available for the game.”

Rohr also revealed Odion Ighalo will be in the starting line-up after scoring the winner against Burundi off the bench.

“Ighalo is very fit now and will start the game,” the German added.

Guinea’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages were not helped by an opening draw with Madagascar.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita said: “I think we have to play forward and we have to try to play with aggression. In this kind of tournament, do not give the opportunity to the opponent.

“We need to throw everything into the match against Nigeria in order for us to win and remain in the competition.”

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Four time winners Ghana, looked ahead on Monday on the eve of their opening Africa Cup of Nations match against Benin at the Ismailia Stadium in Egypt.

Captain Andre Ayew was in a particularly confident mood ahead of the Group F opener, declaring the team want to ‘make our nation proud.’

Ghana made their presence felt in the centre circle, even before the first kick of the match with a pre-game dance that involved nearly all of the squad.

The team are looking for their first AFCON title since 1982 as they take on fellow West Africans Benin.


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The 27-year-old will be missing against Tanzania in Cairo after picking up two yellow cards during the qualifying stage.

“His absence should not in any way bother us,” said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. “Certainly the presence of Sadio is beneficial, but without him we remain strong.”

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