The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that the duo of Super Eagles defenders, Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong will still be part of the team that will face Sierra Leone in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Asaba.
The duo are currently plying their football trade in Italy, where the Coronavirus has taken a toll on some of the cities and left the country in total lockdown in a bid to curtail the spread of the virus.
Aina plays for Torino while Troost-Ekong plays for Udinese in Serie A, where action has been called off till April, thereby raising doubt over their availability for the March 27 game against Sierra Leone at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
Reacting to this development, an NFF source told Goalball that they are still available for the AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone since they are yet to receive any information from them.
“I really don't think the duo of Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong have excused themselves from the 2021 AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone in Asaba, Delta State.” the source told Goalballlive.com.
“We are quite sure that they are anticipating to represent Nigeria even though we are aware that Italy has been in lockdown as a result of the spread of coronavirus in some cities.
“We value the health of our players and once we get any notice that they won't be part of the game, then there is no problem.”
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