Alex Iwobi, the popular Super Eagles midfielder, has tested positive for coronavirus.
The PUNCH gathered that he will miss the match against Benin Republic at 5pm.
By testing positive, Iwobi is also expected to miss next Tuesday’s clash against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos.
In the earlier fixture between both teams, in November 2019, the Squirrels shocked the Eagles with a goal inside the first five minutes at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, before goals by Victor Osimhen (from six yards after defender Olaoluwa Aina was upended in the box) and Samuel Kalu (after a solo run) earned the Eagles all the points at stake.
Nigeria followed up with a 4-2 defeat of Lesotho in Maseru four days later to fly to the top of the pool, but draws in their home-and-away duels with Sierra Leone a year later (the long interlude as a result of the coronavirus pandemic) prolonged celebrations of qualification and drew the sharp angle of fans’ tongues.