AFCON: Samuel Kalu passed fit, Mikel doubtful for Guinea clash

Samuel Kalu

Samuel Kalu has been declared fit for the Super Eagles Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) clash with Guinea on Wednesday.

The striker was rushed to hospital after collapsing during training last Friday amid fears of a heart problem but he was subsequently diagnosed with dehydration.

Kalu missed Nigeria’s opening victory over Burundi as a precaution but could play a part against Guinea.

Coach Gernot Rohr said on “Samuel Kalu had an MRI and he is declared 100 per cent fit and will be available for the game.”

Rohr also revealed Odion Ighalo will be in the starting line-up after scoring the winner against Burundi off the bench.

“Ighalo is very fit now and will start the game,” the German added.

Vanguard has also reported that Mikel Obi who will likely drop to the bench with Ahmed Musa taking his place.

Mikel struggled to impress in the number 10 role for the three times African champions in the 1-0 win over Burundi with Alex Iwobi who moved into his position after his substitution playing a lot better.

Guinea’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages were not helped by an opening draw with Madagascar.