Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper at the moment, Carl Ikeme has been ruled out of Tuesday’s crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations clash against Egypt this Tuesday in Alexandria.
Ikeme who has come to be a direct replacement since the exit of Vincent Enyeama from the national team will only watch proceedings from afar as he will not be available for selection on Tuesday.
As reported on FCNaija.com, Ikeme has been feeling unwell since Friday after the draw against Egypt and the coaches have decided not to risk him in goal on Tuesday during the all -important encounter against the Pharaohs.
Super Eagles team doctor Ibrahim Gyaran told thenff.com that the goalkeeper has stomach upset which has kept him out of training since Friday’s game in Kaduna.
“After the game last Friday, Carl has been struggling with some stomach upset and it has not allowed him train with the rest of the squad,” Gyaran disclosed.
“He is stable but needs a lot of rest to be back in 100% shape for the kind of high profile game that we have on Tuesday. Considering the amount of travel involved as well, it is best we give him a break,” he added.
While Ikeme was seen as the hero in Nigeria’s penultimate game against Tanzania in the AFCON qualification series, the keeper was partly blamed for the mix-up which culminated in a late equalizer for the Pharaohs in Friday’s match at the Ahmadu Stadium in Kaduna.
It is yet to be seen who the handlers will settle for to man the post on Tuesday between Chippa united’ Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa of Sunshine Stars.