Super Eagles new invitee Kingsley Ehizibue’s Bundesliga side FC Cologne have announced that three members of their staff have tested postive for coronavirus, Completesports.com reports.
Ehizibue and his teammates, as well as coaches and backroom staff, were tested on Thursday at training and all three members whose results came back positive are all symptom free, the club confirmed.
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Cologne also confirmed they would not name the three people involved out of respect for their privacy, but confirmed that they will now enter a 14-day quarantine period.
The club statement also said that group training, which like all German top-flight clubs has been running since April 6, will continue despite the positive tests.
Cologne managing director Horst Heldt said: “The health and private sphere of players and staff have priority above all else.
“The previous measures, as well as the strategy of regular tests, have proven themselves so that we can now react with individual solutions.”
The news has cast doubts on hopes of restarting the Bundesliga season within the next few weeks.
The German league was at the forefront of football’s return, with initial plans to restart on May 9.
But that decision has now been put back to May 16 for safety reasons, and despite the wide-scale testing that is underway, the news will come as further bad news for organisers and players.
Ehizibue got his first Super Eagles call up for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone before the coronavirus outbreak.
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By James Agberebi