Rabiu out of Liberia game

Nigeria’s Olympic Football Team will prosecute Saturday’s game against Liberia without Rabiu Ibrahim who has been ruled out with injury.

The game is a 2nd leg All Africa Games qualifying match in Benin after the 1st kef in Monrovia ended 1-1.

Media officer of the Olympic Team, Arafat Aliu told naijafootball247.com that they are now looking to prosecuting the game without the PSV Eindhoven of Netherlands playmaker.

“We will have a list of foreign based players to prosecute the game out to the press tomorrow but for now I can only tell you that there will certainly be a replacement for him,” Aliu told naijafootbal247.com.

The player is actually observing a rest on doctors’ advice following a knee injury sustained in the first leg encounter in Monrovia, Liberia.

“After seeing one of the best Orthopaedic doctors in the country at University college hospital, Ibadan and undergoing an MRI test at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, it is in the interest of the players’ career and the nation to rest him ahead of the next game,” team doctor, Ogbondeminu Samuel said.

Samuel added that “he is presently on rehabilitation and responding well to treatment. The injury was not as serious as earlier envisaged but the player needs to properly rest the leg (left knee) which, if he doesn’t could cause further complications.”

“He would be out for days but will definitely not be available for selection in the game against Liberia this week. But I can confirm to you that he would be fully fit for the Tanzania game in June,” he declared.

Rabiu Ibrahim was a victim of a twin tackle from two Liberian defenders at the Samuel Kayon Doe stadium in the first leg of the AAG first round qualifier.

The player who is still in the country was last week issued his work permit to feature for his new club PSV Eindhoven in a four year contract.

Born 15 March 1991 in Kano, Rabiu Ibrahim in 2007, signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal in a joint ownership agreement with his previous club, Gateway FC.

In the summer of 2010, Ibrahim left Sporting as a free agent and joined PSV in January 2011.
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