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Idowu, Obi, Simy Doubtful For DR Congo Friendly; Mikel, Ighalo Out

Idowu, Obi, Simy Doubtful For DR Congo Friendly; Mikel, Ighalo Out

Super Eagles left-back Bryan Idowu is set to miss the team’s farewell friendly game against the DR Congo on Monday May 28 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt due to FIFA’s new rule for players listed to play at the 21st World Cup starting next month in Russia.
FIFA have told all 32 partcipating teams to ensure players listed for the World Cup observe a 10-day rest after their last game of the season as a means of ensuring they stay fresh.
Idowu is likely to join 14 other Eagles stars who will miss the game due to the rule as the Russia-based defender is set to feature for his club Amkar Perm when they take a 2-0 lead to the Otkritie Arena on Sunday to play hosts FC Tambov in the second leg of the Russia Premier League qualification play-offs.
Idowu was on for all 90 minutes in the first leg played on Thursday at the Zvezda Stadium.
If he gets to play on Sunday, it means he will be ineligible for the DR Congo game.
Already out of the game is team captain Mikel Obi who will be playing on Friday in the Chinese Super League as well as striker Odion Ighalo who will be in action with his Chinese club Saturday.
Italy-based duo of Joel Obi of Torino and new invitee, Simeon Nwankwo, are also doubtful for the game if they should play for their respective Serie A clubs this weekend.

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  • Mykel 4 years ago

    Who will now okay the game since the rest are injured, rohr should have invited 35 players. The other fit players would have prosecuted this game but that’s not d case

  • fiyesimi 4 years ago

    Thank God,this will give junior lokosa a chance to prove hinself.I pray he does excellently.

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  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    What FIFA rules say is not irelevant. What is important is that EBOLA is spreading in the Congo, and that game must be called off to save human lives

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 4 years ago

    Don’t pay much attentions to this game. Some of our bests are not even there. Would have wished Simy Nwankwo was there to prove his worth to the Nation.

  • Djeniko 4 years ago

    @ako amadi, Concerning this Ebola thing I used to fear too but my fears were allayed by one Tony who said most of the players if not all are foreign based. They don’t live in Congo DR. I did my own fact finding and it was so. They are all over the world, England, Russia, Switzerland, France, Morocco, Angola, I believe this is why the NFF seem not to worry. Even if they leave their base and travel to Congo DR before coming to Nigeria, they will still be free of the virus. Congo’s population is about 73000000 people. Will all just catch the disease because they are in the country? Maybe only 10-30 and these infected ones will be quarantined. So no fear.

    • tonibekwe 4 years ago

      Nothing should be taken for granted. Best option would have been to call off the match. Any of the European nations would have called off the match. Remember we no longer have one GEJ as president and Chukwu as Health Minister that will help us fight the virus if, God forbid, it finds its way into our country.

    • Cappaccino 4 years ago

      They listed 11 HOME BASED PLAYERS that is a serious issue.

  • Djeniko 4 years ago

    @tonibekwe, what do you mean by “nothing should be taken for granted?” So the whole world should not do anything with any Congolese wherever they are? So had it been Congo DR qualified for the World Cup, does it mean they will not participate? All the Congolese in England, America and elsewhere are Ebola infected just for being Congolese. Nigeria is the only country with Lassa fever. How were we treated when there was outbreak of Lassa fever? Our players were not treated like you want us to treat the Congolese. Our ministers were travelling to and fro anyhow without harrassment. Wetin you dey talk sef. Just allow these players and the fans come and play with our Eagles.

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  • Hope Odianosen 4 years ago

    Words Of Wisdom To Mr.Pinnik: Dis match is pointedly needless, d extreme risk of life is involved, d said farewell match will not make d Eagles to win d tournament or not,,,,, there is Ebola outbreak in Congo and if it gets into Nigeria with her current failed-leadership, we are doomed: D Congolese players may be comin from abroad 4 d match, what about their fans and officials? Are they also comin from abroad?? Dis match should be called off in order to protect lives…

  • Ayphillydegreat 4 years ago

    I sincerely hope that it will be the team against Atletico that will play against DRC. To be sincere I really don’t see the importance of playing a farewell match that involves a certain risk. I will advise all our key players except for the 7 that will be dropped to just stay in Europe and wait for the team in UK. The high profile friendly against England and the the Czech republic is enough to prepare the final 23 for the WorldCup.

  • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

    Lokosa will lack the creativeness of mikel so let’s not judge him by this match even our other top players struggle without mikel

  • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

    We don’t need Tammy anymore he’s a mess to disgrace us at first hand in England

  • Cappaccino 4 years ago

    That man should not invite that Tammy of a person, he dey form give us now the forming has back fired. He couldn’t sit down and consider the fact that: firstly, he is not better than any of the strikers that will possibly be called up for the English team, taking about the lines of James Vardy, Raheem Sterling etc. Secondly, Nigeria might definitely give him a chance to play the World Cup if he performs well during any game he is given the opportunity to play for the eagles before the world come. He wants to follow the foot steps of Abgolahor of Aston Villa of that time.

  • Beni, thank you so much for the link to that Brilla Fm article.

    I chose to have a read for myself and discovered that, for the most part, Tammy was disappointed to have missed out on the England squad and there appears to be no plans on the horizon to invite him to the Super Eagles at this time.

    Do I miss Tammy Abraham?…. No.

    When offered the opportunity to play for Nigeria, he made a decision which he believes was best for his football development and I will see myself as unreasonable not to respect him for his choice.

    Nigeria is a land flowing with football milk and honey and we have 100 Tammy Abrahams begging to play for the great Super Eagles of Nigeria.