Fears over Kalu ahead South Africa clash

There are fears over the fitness of Samuel Kalu ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa and the international friendly with Uganda this month.

Regional newspaper Sud Ouest reported yesterday that the Nigeria international did not participate in Bordeaux training session yesterday as a result of illness.

The number ten is now expected to undergo a late fitness test ahead of Saturday’s Ligue 1 clash against Olympique Lyonnais.

Kalu has eleven days to fully recover from his ailment before reporting for international duty on November 12.


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The former Gent star is seen by manager Gernot Rohr as a direct replacement for retired Chelsea star Victor Moses and has started the last three competitive matches played by the Super Eagles.

In 14 outings for Bordeaux across all competitions, Kalu has registered his name on the score-sheet once.


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