Etebo not called up by new Eagles coach because of injury
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr did not pick the country’s leading scorer at the Rio Olympics Oghenekaro Etebo for next month’s AFCON qualifier against Tanzania because the Portugal-based forward is injured.
Etebo, who fired four goals past Japan in Nigeria’s opening game of the Rio Olympics, suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s final group game against Colombia and has therefore missed the subsequent knockout games against Denmark and Germany.
Officials said Etebo will undergo a late fitness test ahead of tonight’s third-place match against Honduras in Belo Horizonte.
A top official disclosed: “Rohr has said Etebo was not part of his first call-ups because he is injured. He needs all his players to be fit.
“He’s a German and he will not take any chances on any of his players.
“It’s the same reason, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal was not considered. He is nursing a thigh injury which he will not recover from till after the Tanzania match.”
Both players will therefore be high on the call-up list once they are fit.