Home based Super Eagles wingers Peter Eneji and Emeka Ogbugh are injury doubts for Nigeria’s crucial Group C game against Libya at the 2018 African Nations Championship on Friday.
Plateau United star Eneji failed to shake off an ankle complaint on time for Nigeria’s group opener against Rwanda on Monday and his services was missed as the Eagles played out a goalless stalemate with the East Africans.
Eneji has resumed training with the team but Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf disclosed that he is still being watched after his injury during the team’s camping in Abuja.
“He (Eneji) had a knock in the last game we played in Abuja in his ankle and we thought that maybe he can play the third game hopefully. He is a good player and of good quality but we are still managing the ankle,” said Salisu on Thursday.
Also sidelined for the game on Friday is team’s third choice goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai who is nursing a shoulder injury.
Rivers United midfielder Emeka Ogbugh who trained normally with the team on Thursday evening was sighted carrying heavy straps of ice to his knee after the training session although team officials said there was little to worry about the winger who started Monday’s draw with Rwanda.
Nigeria need to avoid a loss, at least, to still be in firm control of a qualification spot when they face 2014 Champions Libya who hammered Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in their first match on Monday.
Friday’s game will kick off at 4:30pm here in Tangier (5:30pm Nigerian time) at the Grand Stade de Tangier, otherwise known as Stade Ibn Batouta with Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal officiating the game.