Qatar 2022: Eguavoen panics over fitness of key players ahead of Ghana clash

Eguavoen panics over fitness of key players ahead of Ghana clash

Super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen is sweating over the fitness of three key players ahead of their crucial World Cup Qatar 2022 play-off round tie against the Black Stars.

It will be recalled that the first leg is billed for March 25 at the Cape Coast stadium, with the reverse fixture scheduled for the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja four days later.

The players are Kenneth Omeruo, Joe Aribo and Ola Aina.

Omeruo has not been listed for Leganes in their last four league games, fueling speculations that the 28-year-old could be nursing an injury.

Aina on his part is yet to feature for Torino since he rejoined the Granata side after the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. The 24-year-old has been an unused substitute for his Italian side in 2022, while Aribo suffered an ankle injury in Glasgow Rangers’ 3-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League last Thursday.

The midfielder, who has been outstanding for the Gers this season, missed their Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Dundee United on Sunday.

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst stated that the Nigerian would be assessed before their second leg Europa League tie away to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Eguavoen is set to drop two players from the 25-man squad.

Eguavoen had on March 4 released a provisional list of 32 players, with 25 players on the main list and seven on standby.

According to Punch, Eguavoen will announce his final squad list of 23 players for the game before the team’s departure to Accra, Ghana next Wednesday (March 23), two days after the team’s camp opens in Abuja.

It was also learnt that the Eagles will depart Abuja next Wednesday aboard a chartered flight for the game.