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Nigeria may be without Azubuike Egwuekwe and Gabriel Reuben for the Zambia game as they are both ill with chickenpox

Posted: 24 January 2013 Time: 09:52

Nigeria may be without two players against Zambia as they are reportedly infected with chickenpox.

Azubuike Egwuekwe may not be available for selection in Friday’s game against Zambia after being infected with chickenpox which was reportedly brought into camp by Kano Pillars midfielder Gabriel Reuben, who was selected for the Nations Cup in spite that he was already nursing a groin injury.

According to SportingLife, Egwuekwe had already been ill before Nigeria's opening game against Burkina Faso.

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"That was why Yobo could not be substituted in our match against Burkina Faso because Azubuike who plays the same position had chickenpox,” a source disclosed.

"So don't be surprised when you see Yobo play the full game on Friday."

The rest of the team have long been quarantined and vaccinated to avoid a further spread of the virus.

The news of Egwuekwe's possible absence from Fridays's game comes as a blow since Nigeria are already short of defensive options as they head into a must-win encounter against Zambia, following the sending-off of Efe Ambrose against Burkina Faso.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:22 am
I am sorry to be out of topic. Bucanneers, where can I get Orlando Pirates Supporters CD around Johannesburg?
posted: 10:29 am
Super chicken infected with chicken it true or are they chickening out?...kwakwakwa! Proudly sa
Black Lion
posted: 10:33 am
What a blow .... but I never knew if eagles could suffer a chickenpox, I thought it was just a chicken thing lol
posted: 10:40 am
I wish both players quick recovering. Things like this always when you fail to appreciates God's gift to you. For God's sake Osaze should have been included in this team, Taiwo is far far better than Echiejile, Haruna Lukman is hundred times better than Ogude, Martins is feared and respected all over the continent. We in this forum are equally not helping matters, when Osaze pointed out that Eagles lacks quality leadership he was almost crusified and now it has become obvious that we have no leader in the team. I would suggest we pick Mikel as the catain because he possess all the qualities.
posted: 10:42 am
Is this a case of the Chickens coming home to roast ?
posted: 10:46 am
Chicken eagles or what.??

Who cares
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 10:53 am
Who cares with that team of draws zambia is going to beat them from there they will be complaining about the illness
posted: 10:54 am
candymanposted: 10:29 am | Report
Super chicken infected with chicken it true or are they chickening out?...kwakwakwa! Proudly sa
very observant candyman.......Super chicken
posted: 11:13 am
am very sure abut one should we meet...we will eliminate banana banana in the presence of their fans
posted: 11:52 am
I wish Egwueke quick recovery. What exactly is Keshi waiting for before he gives Mikel that arm-band ? We should talking about competence not sentiment. Mikel is far more composed to be Super Eagles captain for now, even a blind man can see that. Is Keshi actualy blind ? Good-luck to Super Eagles.
posted: 11:57 am
* should be *
posted: 12:21 pm
Game147 and Anonymous please let us support green and white our father land .. as for keshi his time will be up soon like other .. history will repeat himself on Friday... Zambia is our daily bread .
posted: 12:54 pm
@syde, I'm a 1billion % patriot and green-white-green for life. All i desire is for Nigerians to be happy. We need a courageous , fearless and charismatic leader urgently and Mikel is the right candidate, shikenah. Mikel is a proper-no-looking-face and your-face-no-dey-fear-my-face-naija-boy. Up Super Eagles.
9ja Guy
posted: 01:18 pm
@Game147, Well this is the last afcon for Yobo he has to step down. His leadership has not been inspiring for the team that why some players are falling out with our past coaches. if age is on Osaze side ,i would have prefer him for the captain-ship, we all know he will expose all. For peace in the camp ,Mikel just have to wait to grab that position after afcon...up up Eagles fly freely.
posted: 01:39 pm
now the eagle is humiliated by the chicken what an irony.
posted: 02:00 pm
please, someone must take this infected team to hospital
posted: 02:03 pm
we wont a healthy Afcon take all seek teams to see the doctor
posted: 02:18 pm
For God sake, how on earth would Keshi list Gabriel Reuben for this championship in spite of the fact that he had been long ago reported to be nursing the groin injury.
Azubuike Egwuekwe has had this chicken pox even before the Portugal camp opened and we know the chicken pox this is highly contagious. If there is no hidden agenda and if Keshi was not going to SA on a business jamboree with sole aim to playing and selling the 6 home players, why would you go to war with half fit and disabled soldiers. I'm confused and I need help, please. And you did this when we have some of the dropped overseas players playing and in the forms of their lives. And Keshi is the best manager of our time, give me a break.... This guy is even worse than his mentor, amodu Shuaibu.....
posted: 02:52 pm
Wow that is really bad if Keshi selected a player knowing he has groin injury.While would he do that?Do we have the age old problem brewing with selection being of certain group? The big elephant in the room not being talked about? Secondly, why wont Keshi sub out a player with yellow card knowing full well he has shortage of defenders due to these injury and the manner the referee was calling the game?
posted: 08:31 pm
Chicken infected with chickenpox ,chinekeme
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