Obiora out, Musa doubtful for Ghana


After leading Nigeria’s U23 team to a 3-1 win over Ghana in the first leg second round All Africa games qualifier, Obiora Nwankwo would not be available for the return leg fixture in Kumasi this weekend.

The Player who is on loan to Parma FC and captained Nigeria to victory against Ghana confirmed at the weekend that his club has insisted that he takes part in the club’s pre-season preparation.

“I would have really wanted to be in the return leg game against Ghana but my club has said otherwise after considering several factors,” he said.

Obiora Nwankwo who has been with the U23s for one month, played in the last four games for the team in both the Olympic and All Africa Games qualifiers.

Similarly, the availability of Super Eagles winger Ahmed Musa is now a major doubt after his Dutch Club VVV Venlo at the weekend threatened not to release the player for the all important All Africa games qualifier this weekend.

Even though the player is still holidaying in Kano, the club insist that they want the player to rest ahead of the new season.

“VVV Venlo are giving us problems. They are insisting that Ahmed Musa observes his rest and not honour the game against Ghana but we hope to make them understand the importance of this game,” media officer of the team, Arafat Aliu said.

Ahmed Musa made an immediate impact in his first outing with the team in an Olympic games qualifier against Tanzania, scoring one of the three goals against the Vijana stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

However, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Oseni Ganiyu, Nurudeen Orelesi and Chukwuma
Akabueze are expected to join the team on Tuesday while Nosa Igiebor arrives on Wednesday.

Warri Wolves man, Ekhigo Ehiosun joins the team on Monday.

The team will move to Lagos on Monday after one week of intensive preparations in Benin City.

Players in camp include: Dele Ajiboye, Theophilus Afelokhai, Terna
Suswam, Emmanuel Anyanwu, Otekpa Eneji, Kabiru Sanusi, Dimaku
Tochukwu, Olaitan Otubanjo, Ikande Harmony, Usman Amoda, Kingsley
Udoh, Edet Ibok, Adewole Lawal, Jonathan Okafor, Olumide Durojaiye,
Solomon Okpako.

The Ghana Nigeria game holds on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the Baba Yara
Sports Stadium, Kumasi.
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