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4 Super Eagles players test positive for COVID-19


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, has disclosed that four of his players have tested positive for coronavirus.

The Eagles are in Austria for friendlies with Algeria and Tunisia on Friday and Tuesday respectively.

Mr Rohr, who refused to mention the affected players, however stated that they were fine.

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“I won’t reveal their names, they are fine now,” he said.

But the Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye, denied the claim, disclosing that the results of the tests carried out on the players on Thursday were being awaited as at the time of this report.

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He wondered how the players can test positive for the virus without result of their tests.

Mr Ibitoye said that such reports could negatively affect the players ahead of the team’s international friendly against Algeria on Friday.

“Please discountenance reports that some of our players tested positive to COVID-19 ahead of tomorrow’s friendly game against Algeria. It is blatant falsehood.

“The writer of the story, who was not part of the press conference earlier today totally misrepresented what Coach Rohr said.

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“Rohr said that since the outbreak of the pandemic, four of our players had tested positive, but were all now fully recovered from the virus and back in action.

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“The results of the COVID-19 tests carried out on the Super Eagles ahead of tomorrow’s game are still being awaited,” he added.

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