Udinese of Italy defender, William Troost-Ekong has been cast in doubt for an appearance for the Super Eagles in Saturday’s international friendly against Zimbabwe, due to his late arrival at the Nigerian national team’s camp in Asaba, Delta State.
However, Troost-Ekong will not face any sanctions from the coach, Gernot Rohr, as he is said to ahve taken permission to arrive late, in order to attend some personal matters.
This much was revealed by Eagles’ media officer, Toyin Ibitoye during Mega Sports’ programme on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos, with a hint that the Holland-born stopper should be with the team in Asaba latest Wednesday.
While also pointing out that Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia attacker, Ahmed Musa and Bursaspor of Turkey defender, Shehu Abdullahi were also both granted permission by Rohr to spend the Eid-El-Fitri festivity with their families on Tuesday and Wednesday, Ibitoye said the Eagles’ are fully on course in their build-up to the Africa Cup of Nations.
He pointed out that a total of 20 players started training in Asaba, as the coaches do not want to lose any time during the final phase of planning and preparations for Egypt 2019.
Ibitoye added: “The Nations Cup is fast approaching, and the Eagles are getting ready. There is no time to waste at all.
“We had 20 players in training on Monday evening. It was a very good intensive session.
“Those who arrived on Sunday even did some work in the gym, which is to show that they are all determined to work hard.
“Ahmed Musa and Shehu Abdullahi are not here, because they had permission to spend Sallah with their families.
“Ekong also had permission to arrive late, but we expect a full house by Wednesday, and the training sessions will be stepped up.
“Already, though, we are working hard to make Nigeria proud, and I am sure Nigerians will not be disappointed by this team.”