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CAF Clears Iwobi For Super Eagles Vs Lesotho

CAF Clears Iwobi For Super Eagles Vs Lesotho

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has cleared Alex Iwobi for today’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho, Completesports.com reports.

Recall it was reported Iwobi tested positive for the virus prior to Saturday’s clash against Benin Republic in Porto Novo.

Following the announcement the Everton winger was forced to miss the tie which the Eagles won thanks to a stoppage time goal by Paul Onuachu.

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But on Tuesday morning, the Nigeria Football Federation stated that after further tests were conducted the result came out negative.

Iwobi can now feature against the Crocodiles after CAF’s approval.

“Update: CAF clears @alexiwobi to play today’s game against Lesotho,”the NFF wrote on their official Twitter handle.

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  • Walking 4 months ago

    Where was CAF during the5 first test

  • Benin why did you do this?
    Just watch s/L send you home
    Useless caliphate

  • Greenturf 4 months ago

    Good news but I would like an investigation from caf to know what actually happened in Benin.This issue shouldn’t be left uninvestigated,we as super eagles fans want to know the truth about this whole thing,some other player from another country could be a victim the reason matters like this must be treated and with transparency.

    • Dr Banks 4 months ago

      I agree with you @Greenturf but unfortunately they will get away with it because there is a scientific explanation for this occurrence WHICH THEY WILL USE AS AN EXCUSE.
      False positive result can be obtained in situation where they use an antibody or antigen test for the Covid detection. However False positives are uncommon in PCR tests done by sticking a swab through your nose. It can only happen in a situation where there’s cross-contamination between the specimens collected in cases of mass collection of specimens.
      Congrats to Iwobi, such a big relieve to him, his family, friends, colleagues, fans and particularly EVERTON FC.

      • Greenturf 4 months ago

        So you reckon there could have been a cross contamination between specimen collected?
        If that’s the case sticking a swab through the nose should be used for testing players prior to games in the continent.This same practice is in use by the nhs in the Uk as well their testing centers.

  • There is a big temptation to think and even believe the Beninois purposely gave Iwobi a fake test result. But I will urge for caution and restraint. To be honest, it is possible they purposely gave Iwobi a fake test result and at the same time, it is possible that it wasn’t intentional. It is possible the fake result was due to a mix up during testing or processing of result, or even, faulty equipment. We have to be very open-minded about the whole thing. Because, this is a very weighty issue

    • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

      Chances of cross examination is at almost negative, you think this is nollywood movie? An investigation will prove and show you the reality, thats if they don’t bribe their way out of this. You know Africa and corruption……

    • Presh 4 months ago

      Your Very intelligent agreed.

  • pompei 4 months ago

    As Dr Banks explained, a false positive from a nose swab test can only occur when there is cross contamination of specimens (yuck).
    In Iwobi’s case, cross contamination is unlikely, as he was the only one that tested positive. Looks more like foul play or incompetence to me. Either way, an investigation should be conducted. Let Benin explain what happened.

    • Dr Banks 4 months ago

      You are quite correct that it’s unlikely to be a case of cross contamination as I strongly believe too that this is a deliberate act. However I only stated that investigations will not yield any result because they will argue their case as simply a scientific error due to possible cross-contamination of specimen