Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Eagles face COVID-19 tests ahead of clash with Sierra Leone

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Players from Nigeria’s senior national team will be screened for COVID-19 before taking on Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday.

The three-time African champions take on the Leone Stars, who are in dire need of a victory to revive their Cameroon 2022 ambitions.

However, before taking on the West Africans, the Super Eagles players and coaches will undergo evaluation on Wednesday afternoon. A few hours later, Gernot Rohr’s team will have their second training session at 17:00 (West African time) at the recently renovated Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

After facing reigning African champions Algeria and Tunisia in friendly matches, Rohr’s men are in good shape to face the Leone Stars.

Their last Afcon appearance was at Egypt 2019, where they finished third having recorded a 1-0 win over the Carthage Eagles in the bronze medal match.

John Keister’s men sit at the bottom of Group L with one point after a stuttering start to the qualifying campaign, having recorded a draw against Lesotho and a loss to the Republic of Benin.

Sierra Leone hopes to make its third appearance in the top biennial African football competition. They were last presented at the 1996 edition that took place in South Africa. There, they exited the group stage after one win and two losses.

The reverse match will take place at the Freetown National Stadium on Tuesday, November 17 with Nigeria’s victory guaranteeing them a spot at Afcon 2022.

The 33rd edition of the biennial tournament was due to start in Cameroon on January 9, 2021, but has now been postponed until January 2022 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the continent.

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