The Super Eagles of Nigeria are preparing for the forthcoming African Cup Of Nations which will be held in Egypt next month, but injury news on some important players in the squad as serve as a little hinderance for the preparation to start proper. But the bad news as been reduced as one of Super Eagles important players has been declared fit by his European club coach.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Bordeaux coach Paulo Sousa has confirmed that his number ten, Samuel Kalu is fit to return to action when his team welcome Reims to the Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Saturday evening and has strongly hinted that the winger stands a chance of making the starting line-up. The news from Sousa will be sweet music to the ears of Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr and Super Eagles fans as Kalu has been named in the country’s provisional roster for the Africa Cup of Nations squad despite concerns over his fitness.
In the last four months, the former Gent star has logged only 216 minutes in the Ligue 1 due to a hamstring injury he had been dealing with: ”Yes, he (Kalu) can be that X Factor, that player who can bring us something. When I talk about power, fight, intention to score, he’s a player who will give us that,” Sousa told reporters.
”I hope that during the next season, there will be other players who can bring it on this moment of play. ”Samuel Kalu can start against Reims”.
Bordeaux have won only once in their last eight matches in the French top-flight, without Kalu making the match day eighteen.
Another good news for the Nigerian football fans is that, Ahmed Musa has joined the growing list of Nigerians to win a silverware with their clubs as the season gradually winds down to the final games. The Super Eagles vice captain on Thursday was in action for 63 minutes as Al Nassr beat Al Batin to be crowned Saudi Arabia Pro League Champions with 70 points, narrowly pipping Al Hilal by a point.
The striker scored seven league goals in 24 appearances enroute to helping the Knights of Najd to win the first division title, his first since joining the club from Leicester City in August 2018. Posing with the glittering trophy at the King Fahd international Stadium, Musa wrote on his twitter handle, “Champions 💛💙🏅🏆💃👍”.
Champions 💛💙🏆🥇💃🙏👍 pic.twitter.com/StvYmxVeBe
— AhmedMusa718 (@Ahmedmusa718) May 17, 2019
He will report for international duties in June brimming with confidence and his latest accolade will go with those gotten with CSKA Moscow: the Russian Premier League, Russian Cup and the Russian Super Cup collection.