Breaking! : kelechi Iheanacho On Stanby as Samuel Kalu awaits Medical Green-Light

Kelechi Iheanacho has been contacted and placed on standby as Nigeria await a decision from the CAF Medical Committee on Samuel Kalu’s participation at the Africa Nations Cup.

Kalu, 21, collapsed during training on Friday and was taken to hospital with NFF Communications Director Ademola Olajire saying it was a case of dehydration.

But CAF officials say they are waiting on full medical report which will determine whether it was dehydration or a cardiovascular incident.

Since the incident happened within the 24-hour time window before a team is allowed before the kickoff of their opening game, Nigeria may be able to substitute the player if the CAF Medical Committee determines that he cannot compete at the tournament.

NFF officials have told me exclusively that Kelechi Iheanacho has been contacted and is on standby to join the team in that event.

However, the decision to substitute the player would have to be approved by the organising committee. Otherwise, Nigeria will be forced to prosecute the tournament with just 22 players instead of 23.

The Super Eagles kick off their tournament against Burundi at 6PM Nigeria time.

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