Samuel Kalu has been confirmed ‘okay’ and ‘stabilized’. The midfielder reportedly collapsed during training. The incident happened on Friday, day before Nigeria’s AFCON opener against Burundi.
Kalu was reported to have fallen while trying to take a corner-kick in Friday’s training session in Alexandria. He was immediately rushed to the hospital. The 21-year-old underwent several medical examinations upon arrival in the hospital.
He was, however, said to have collapsed due to dehydration.
“I have been told Samuel Kalu has been stabilised. He was taken to hospital for tests and he is certified okay. He was dehydrated, they said. Told him he needs to be taking enough fluids,” Olaajire said.
AFCON Opener a must-win, says Sodje
Moreover, Kalu is one of the nine forwards in Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr’s squad. It remains to be seen if he would be available for the Group B opening game against the Swallows at the Alexandria Stadium.
During the 2018-19 season, the pacy winger contributed three goals and two assists in his debut season with Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1.
In a related development, former Super Eagles defender Sam Sodje has urged the team to make a winning start on Saturday. He noted that this is essential if they are to be crowned African champions.
The Eagles will face the Swallows of Burundi in their opening game in Group B.
Sodje was capped four times by the senior national team. He disclosed that securing maximum points in their first game should be a priority.
Further, he affirmed that Nigeria are the seeded team in the group. Therefore, they are expected to qualify for the next round. Sodje insists the team must justify the confidence reposed in them by Nigerians. According to him, they must aspire to a winning start in Alexandria.
“I am expecting something new from the Eagles in Egypt,” Sodje said.