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Qatar 2022: ‘Injured’ Onuachu doubtful for CAR clash

Qatar 2022: ‘Injured’ Onuachu doubtful for CAR clash

Super Eagles forward, Paul Onauchu is a major doubt ahead of the clash against Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2022 World Cup second round qualifying on Thursday.

According to reports coming in from the Super Eagles camp in Lagos, the Genk forward didn’t train with the rest of the squad as he was seen with a bandage wrapped round his ankle on his right leg.

He recently signed extended his contract with the four-time Belgian First Division kings until 2024

His presence at the Luminus Arena has been a huge blessing – with his goals helping the club secure crucial wins. Onuachu also contributed a great deal to the club’s triumph in the Belgian Cup for the 2020–21 campaign.

Similarly, Maduka Okoye is yet to report to camp as at the time of writing this piece. The shot-stopper, who impressed in Sparta Rotterdam’s loss to PSV on Sunday is the only player expected in camp.

According to an update on the social media platform of the Super Eagles, 22 players are already in camp and have had some training sessions.  

The Super Eagles will be looking to seal qualification for the final playoff rounds with a win in the doubleheader encounter.

Gernot Rohr’s men host Group C’s bottom side on October 7 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium before taking a trip to Douala three days later for the second leg.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is waiting for Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) decision on the number of fans that will be allowed into the Teslim Balogun stadium to watch the Super Eagles play against Central African Republic (CAR).

In the games against Lesotho and Liberia, 10,000 and 5000 fans were allowed in respectively as CAF seeks to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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