Nigeria suffer another massive blow ahead of World Cup qualifier against Liberia

The team’s preparations for the big encounter on Friday evening suffered another setback following another withdrawal

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have suffered another massive blow ahead of their World Cup qualifying match against Liberia as Kevin Akpoguma has been ruled out of the encounter.

Akpoguma, who Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr handed a recall to the squad, tested positive for Coronavirus and will have to stay in quarantine.

The 26-year-old defender tested positive for the virus despite being fully vaccinated. His club Hoffenheim took to their Twitter account and their official website to announce the news.

A statement on the club’s website read: Kevin Akpoguma tested positive for Corona despite being fully vaccinated. He will not make the trip to the Nigerian national team and instead went into quarantine at home.

Kevin Akpoguma is symptom free and is fine. In addition, all present players and members of the coaching and functional team were tested. All test results were negative.

Akpoguma’s withdrawal is another massive blow to Rohr’s plans for the game against the Lone Stars. The German tactician is already without the services of Frank Onyeka, who also tested positive for coronavirus.

The former Burkina Faso manager will also have to do without the services of seven UK players for the game against Cape Verde on September 7 due to the UK’s quarantine rules.

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