By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Melvin Pinnick says Super Eagles player, Alex Iwobi had to be isolated ahead of Nigeria’s 0-1 win over Benin Republic in Port Novo.
Pinnick in a series of tweets on Tuesday narrated the ordeals of Iwobi and how the situation was properly managed as he is medically free to play Nigeria’s next game with Lesotho.
“Last Saturday was a difficult day for Alex Iwobi and his family after the news broke that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus ahead of the away game against the Squirrels of Benin Republic. The fear of Iwobi being quarantined was real and worrying so I took the responsibility of consulting with every relevant authority to get him to travel out of Benin by boat about 7:30 pm, to forestall him getting isolated there.
“And to the glory of God, after further tests in Lagos, it was confirmed that Iwobi was not infected with the COVID-19 virus. Naturally, we are all relieved and excited about this. It would be very remiss of me to forget to thank the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the D-G of the DSS, and Rear Admiral Barabutemegha Gbassa, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, for their consistent calls to ensure we were alright, as we came into Lagos via Ilase, through the creeks.
Thank you so much, sirs.” Tweeted Amaju Pinnick.
The FIFA Council member asserted that Iwobi has been cleared by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for Super Eagles’ final Group L game against Lesotho.
He tweeted that: “The good news is that Alex Iwobi has been cleared to play in today’s game against Lesotho and can now help the team finish the qualifiers on a high. His medical clearance has been received from
CAF and it means he is cleared to play.
Finally, we are extremely grateful for the support from Nigerians always.
Alex Iwobi missed Nigeria’s 0-1 away win over Benin Republic last Saturday and is expected to play a part in Super Eagles final AFCON Qualifying game against Lesotho on Tuesday.
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