Super Eagles’ goalkeeper Carl Ikeme will not be part of the Super Eagles that will travel to Alexandria for Tuesday’s game with Egypt on health grounds.
Confirming this on the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) website, Dr. Ibrahim Gyaran on behalf of Super Eagles medical crew said the goalkeeper has stomach upset which has kept him out of training since Friday’s game in Kaduna.
“After the game last Friday, Carl has been struggling with some stomach upset and it has not allowed him train with the rest of the squad
“He is stable but needs a lot of rest to be back in 100% shape for the kind of high profile game that we have on Tuesday. Considering the amount of travel involved as well, it is best we give him a break.” he said.
Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye who also confirmed that the 29-year-old Wolverhampton Wolves goalkeeper missed the team’s training at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Saturday evening, said the player needed some rest.
Reacting to the development, Coach Samson Siasia, said he would have to use his back up goalkeepers to do the job against the Pharaohs which has become more crucial following news of Chad’s withdrawal from the qualifying campaign.
Siasia said Carl will be missed but expressed trust in his back up goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who he believes will do a good job against the Pharaohs in Alexandria on Tuesday.
“We will surely miss Carl but the good thing with our team is that we have capable replacements in every department. Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are still here and any one of these two will help us get the job done in Alexandria”.
The team will travel to Alexandria via chartered flight on Monday against the Tuesday’s must win game against the Pharaohs. Their win will guarantee them a ticket in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Gabon.