Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said that the COVID-19 test result that stopped Alex Iwobi from taking part in the African Cup of Nations qualifying game against Benin Republic on Saturday is fake.
Rohr said that the Everton midfielder will be fielded against Lesotho on Tuesday in the last match of the AFCON qualifiers.
Even before the kick off of the match against Benin Republic on Saturday, Nigeria had already booked their place in Cameroon following the goalless draw in an earlier game between Lesotho and Sierra Leone.
Iwobi was withdrawn after he was said to have tested positive for COVID-19 after being listed in Rohr’s XI for the game against Squirrels.
But on Monday, ESPN journalist, Colin Udoh, tweeted that, “Gernot Rohr has told me that although Everton’s Alex Iwobi tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Benin, he believes the result is “fake”.
“A second test has been taken and result due soon. Rohr tells me he’s confident Iwobi will play on Tuesday”.
Gernot Rohr has told me that although @Everton's Alex Iwobi tested positive for COVID on arrival in Benin, he believes the result is "fake".
A 2nd test has been taken and result due soon. Rohr tells me he's confident Iwobi will play on Tuesday #SuperEaglesInsider #Team9jaStrong
— Colin NOT Collins (@ColinUdoh) March 28, 2021