The Nigeria Football Federation has announced that the Confederation of African Football has given Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi, the green light to feature in Nigeria’s game against Lesotho.
NFF made this known in a tweet on Tuesday, hours before the African Cup of Nations qualifier which will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos today.
There was an earlier report that officials of the Super Eagles had doubted Iwobi’s COVID-19 positive test result that forced the Everton man to miss Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations qualifier match with Benin Republic last Saturday.
In the lineup, he was replaced by Galatasaray’s Henry Onyekuru and the game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.
The test result is the reason why the 24-year-old, who went into isolation immediately, may not be in the team’s match against Lesotho which will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Moving forward, the NFF, in a tweet on Tuesday morning, announced that further tests carried out on the player returned negative.
“Update: @NGSuperEagles forward, @alexiwobi has tested negative after further COVID-19 tests were conducted,” the tweet read.
Few Hours later, the Federation announced that Iwobi will be in the game against Lesotho after he was cleared by CAF.
“Update: CAF clears @alexiwobi to play today’s game against Lesotho,”
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) March 30, 2021
The Eagles, who have already qualified for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon, play their last qualifying today against Lesotho by 5pm.
The game means the Super Eagles will return to Lagos for the first time after 10 years.